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College Writing 1 Information Literacy Toolkit

Framework for Implementation

CW1 + Librarian Partnership
  • Each CW1 section is assigned a Librarian.

  • This partnership works best when the instructor and librarian work closely over the course of the semester and meet early to discuss roles, expectations, and learning outcomes for the semester. 

  • The Librarian visits the class several times throughout the semester. It is recommended that the Librarian visit at least three times (see Assessment Evidence).

Ways to Incorporate Your Librarian into Your Course

We can do so much more than just demonstrate how to use our databases! 

  • Include library resources in your syllabus and assignments

  • Scaffold information literacy concepts into assignments throughout the semester

  • Invite the librarian to talk about concepts such as scholarship as a conversation, authority in research, finding relevant and credible information, synthesizing sources, and so on. 

  • Co-teach sessions with your librarian

Helpful Resources

Face to Face and Online Instruction Spaces

Librarians can teach classes either in Olin Library or in your classroom. Olin Library has three instruction spaces that serve a variety of pedagogical needs and purposes. For more information about these rooms as well as usage policies see the Instruction Rooms page on the Library's website. 

Instruction Room 1: active learning space with 16 tables, collaborative software for sharing student and instructor laptop screens, and two large monitors for sharing content. 

Instruction Room 2: traditional lab set up; divisible room - side a has 14 computers/seats; side b has 12. Projector capabilities available in both rooms. 

Instruction Room 3: flexible learning space; tables as well as movable desks; set up for 38. Large monitor with collaborative software for group content sharing. 

To add your librarian to your Blackboard Course, logon to Blackboard at blackboard.wustl.edu

  1. Navigate to the WebFAC module at the bottom left of the main Blackboard page

  2. Click on the Class Roster link

  3. Use the drop-down box to select the semester you need. It should start with the current semester selected.

  4. Click the BB Management tab, which appears in blue under the green banner.

  5. Click the blue icon under the Guests column next to the course to which you would like to add guests. A section to manage guests for this course will appear below the list of your courses. You may need to scroll down to see it.

  6. Enter the WUSTL email address for the person you would like to add, select Guest Student or Guest Faculty from the drop-down box, and click the add button. Guest Student is the role I recommend for everyone added.

Adding a Librarian to your course in Canvas is easy with these step-by-step instructions from Canvas Community. Use the link below to check out the instructions:  https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12973-4152724200

For more information about the transition to Canvas as well as additional resources, see the Hello, Canvas! website at https://hellocanvas.wustl.edu/

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Research on Collaborating with Librarians