This presentation will describe an inventive activity designed to introduce biology students to library resources in their subject area. As part of a 30-minute session students worked in groups to examine one of three different resources. They then compared the information found and answered questions pertaining to the usefulness of their individual resources and shared their findings with the class. As a result of the session, students were able to recognize that different types of resources are better suited to specific research needs.

With only 30 minutes allotted for each of these library instruction sessions, we wanted to steer away from simply demonstrating searching techniques and maximize our time by using active learning that integrating threshold concepts. We focused on the threshold concept of Information Creation as a Process and emphasized identifying different formats. The use of the instruction kits was a creative way to engage students in a subject in which they were already interested, an idea that can be easily adapted to other subject areas. Our webinar will provide ideas for improving this type of activity and suggestions for creating activity kits for other subject areas using the same threshold concepts.


Original broadcast November 18, 2015

Biography ~ Elana Karshmer
Elana Karshmer is an Associate Professor and Instruction Program & Information Literacy librarian at Saint Leo University. She completed her M.A. (L.I.S.) at the University of South Florida, and has an M.A. in English from New Mexico State University. Elana was named a 2009 American Library Association Emerging Leader, and has published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, College & Research Libraries,and CENTRO Journal. She currently serves as the Vice-President/President Elect of the Florida Library Association, and is active in ALA and ACRL. In addition to her library work, Elana is completing her dissertation in postcolonial literature, focusing on the work of South African women writers and the plaasroman.

Original broadcast November 18, 2016

Biography ~ Jacalyn Bryan
Jacalyn Bryan is an Associate Professor/Reference and Instructional Services librarian at Saint Leo University and holds an M.A. (L.I.S.) from the University of South Florida and a M.A. in Dance Education from Columbia University.  She has published in Library Review,Reference Services Review, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and College & Research Libraries and has presented at international, national and state conferences on topics related to library instruction, assessment, and critical thinking.  She and Elana Karshmer received the “Exemplary Learning Design” award from FLA in 2011 and the “Innovation in Instruction Award” from the ALA/Library Instruction Round Table in 2014.