Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Writing Center and Library Communication

Presenter Information

Andrea KrebsFollow

Class

Article

Department

English

Faculty Mentor

Pamela Martin

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The goal of the Merrill-Cazier Library is to teach students about information literacy and to better promote life-long learning. In contrast, at the USU writing center, writing tutors help students acquire the skills they need to improve their writing skills. Whether or not information literacy or libraries come up in these meetings between students and tutors at the writing center is the main concern of this research. Robust communication between the library and the writing center has never really been achieved in the past, and while many things contribute to a well-written paper, information literacy cannot be ignored. Through the distribution of a carefully written survey, writing tutors on campus answered questions about their knowledge of the library and the importance of its presence at the writing center. The survey results were gathered, and the data was analyzed through summarizing what had been found, and synthesizing what had been gathered through methods of coding and categorizing. This helped link the data to actual ideas and concepts. As a result, the answers to theses questions were used to build a library research guide for writing tutors that will help them understand the resources in the library, and how those resources can assist students who come to the writing center. A meeting was also organized to better instruct writing center tutors on how they can recommend the library's resources to students. In the end, communication between the library and writing center was improved.

Start Date

4-9-2015 9:00 AM

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Apr 9th, 9:00 AM

Writing Center and Library Communication

The goal of the Merrill-Cazier Library is to teach students about information literacy and to better promote life-long learning. In contrast, at the USU writing center, writing tutors help students acquire the skills they need to improve their writing skills. Whether or not information literacy or libraries come up in these meetings between students and tutors at the writing center is the main concern of this research. Robust communication between the library and the writing center has never really been achieved in the past, and while many things contribute to a well-written paper, information literacy cannot be ignored. Through the distribution of a carefully written survey, writing tutors on campus answered questions about their knowledge of the library and the importance of its presence at the writing center. The survey results were gathered, and the data was analyzed through summarizing what had been found, and synthesizing what had been gathered through methods of coding and categorizing. This helped link the data to actual ideas and concepts. As a result, the answers to theses questions were used to build a library research guide for writing tutors that will help them understand the resources in the library, and how those resources can assist students who come to the writing center. A meeting was also organized to better instruct writing center tutors on how they can recommend the library's resources to students. In the end, communication between the library and writing center was improved.