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QR Codes: First Year Experience IL Program 2012—2014

Information Literacy and the First Year Experience Project Summary

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In partnership with the College of Charleston’s First Year Experience Program and Center for Excellence in Peer Education, the College of Charleston Libraries will provide expanded information literacy instruction during the 2012—2013 and 2013—2014 academic years.   

Participants will receive instruction developed by the Reference staff at the library using QR codes and mobile technology.  Students will also participate in a Library Scavenger Hunt facilitated by their First Year Experience Peer Facilitator. These activities will provide First Year students with the opportunity to learn how to use academic resources, find appropriate research information, and build knowledge frameworks. 

The goal of the expanded instruction is to increase proficiency in information literacy based on learning outcomes defined by the Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL) standards.  These learning outcomes will provide First Year students with a basic proficiency in information literacy that will serve as a common and strong base for further development within the disciplines. 
 

 


The First Year Experience Expanded Information Literacy Program will be evaluated using a two-year assessment, shaping and solidifying approaches to teaching basic information literacy in FYE.  A pre-post test will be delivered to evaluate the effectiveness of the QR code information literacy activity employed in all FYE courses.

First Year Experience Expanded Information Literacy Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

 

  • use appropriate tools for identifying particular types of information.
  • differentiate between different search strategies.
  • demonstrate how to retrieve different types of information (journals, books, periodicals, etc.).
  • evaluate the relevance, quality, and appropriateness of different sources of information.
  • recognize and classify the information contained within a bibliographic citation.
  • access and use information ethically and legally.
 

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Project Partners

This work was made possible by the combined efforts of many people across campus.  Collaborative Partners Include:

  • Burton Callicott, Reference Librarian, College of Charleston Libraries, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424
  • Dongmei Cao, Reference Librarian, College of Charleston Libraries, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424
  • Jannette Finch, LGC Librarian, College of Charleston North Campus & Lowcountry Graduate Center Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424
  • Caroline Hunt, Professor of English, Department of English, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424
  • Page Keller, Director of the Center for Excellence in Peer Education, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424
  • Christopher Korey, Director of the First Year Experience, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424
  • Christa Poparad, Head, Reference, College of Charleston Libraries, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424
  • Phil Powell, Reference Librarian, College of Charleston Libraries, College of Charleston, SC 29424
  • Steven Profit, Reference Librarian, College of Charleston Libraries, College of Charleston, SC 29424
  • Jared Seay, Reference Librarian, College of Charleston Libraries, College of Charleston, SC 29424
  • Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem, Instructor & Head, Technology Support Department, College of Charleston Libraries, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 2942

Library Scavenger Hunt Supplies and Materials for Peer Facilitators

Supplies and Materials

Scavenger Hunt dates and room assignments at the Addlestone Library are coordinated with Page Keller, Director, Center for Excellence in Peer Education
  1. Pre and Post Information Literacy Quiz (Available in Peer Facilitator OAKS Course)
  2. Library Scavenger Hunt Implementation for PFs (GoogleDoc)
  3. Scavenger Hunt Activity & QR Code Introduction Presentation  - Day 1/Prep Day (GoogleDoc)
  4. Day of Scavenger Hunt Presentation - Day 2/@Addlestone Library (GoogleDoc)
  5. QR Codes for QR Reader Testing (GoogleDoc).  Includes Is that the library in your pocket? (directs students to the library mobile catalog) and Ask Us (directs students to the library knowledge base search for commonly asked library and student computing questions).
  6. Group Assignment Sheet (GoogleDoc)
Scavenger Hunt Packets will be checked out from Reserves at the Circulation Desk in the Addlestone Library on the day of the scavenger hunt by the Peer Facilitator.  Please arrive early. What's in the Packet?

All Scavenger Hunt materials (including completed activity worksheets and Group Assignment Sheet) will be returned to the Reference Office, Room 101, in the Addlestone Library at the completion of the activity by the Peer Facilitator.

Additional Resources

Special Thanks

A special thanks to Peer Facilitators and Library Peer Staff for testing the QR codes and providing valuable feedback on the FYE Scavenger Hunt activities and learning outcomes.  

  • Ciera Madison Jones, FYE Peer Facilitator
  • Ashleigh Kathleen Reeves, FYE Peer Facilitator
  • Chase Michael Hawes, FYE Peer Facilitator
  • Autumn Joy Baker, FYE Peer Facilitator
  • Evan Craig Reinhold, FYE Peer Facilitator
  • Anthony Lane Massarotto, FYE Peer Facilitator
  • Laura Paskoff, Library Peer Staff
  • Lorna Mackay, Library Peer Staff
  • Chris Taylor, Library Peer Staff