Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1-2019

Keywords

library instruction, remote location, international branches, online instruction, academic library, information literacy

Abstract

Today’s academic libraries must be able to communicate efficiently the depth of their resources to all campus communities, and Stony Brook University Libraries have worked to apply instructional methods to a broad spectrum of users. Our library has been using emerging technology, open access resources, and innovative teaching methods to engage with our local and global student and faculty community. Using our campus in South Korea as an example, we will highlight a number of strategies developed for delivering equitable information instruction sessions to our international students at satellite campuses across the world. The current era in American academic libraries is one of globalized teaching and learning. As academia expands into new learning markets, libraries must be prepared and appropriately situated to support student success in these courses. The learning experience we provide for our international campus is designed to capitalize on the diversity of our resources and engage students on many levels of the research process. Our chapter discusses the adaptations we have made to our instruction practices and our tailoring of resources and services to online delivery for international students. Many academic institutions have satellite campuses, and libraries are increasingly called upon to support these global initiatives. This chapter lays a framework for libraries developing instruction practice to include international branch campuses (IBC). Our mission as librarians is to increase access to scholarly resources, promote information exchange, contribute to student learning of effective information use, and provide support to all researchers across the university. 52 Chapter five Today’s libraries must be able to engage patrons using a variety of means, and this includes possessing the technological creativity to deliver instruction outside of the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom setting. In this chapter, we discuss a number of technological practices to engage students and collaborate with faculty across traditional boundaries. The goal of any information session is for students to be become better equipped to access the information they need, evaluate what they find, and seek additional help in navigating those resources. Our forward-facing liaison model coupled with creative applications of technology in our information sessions has allowed our library to proactively serve diverse populations. Librarians must be ready to experiment and adapt in order to provide the most comprehensive instruction possible. We can only engage our users if we are able to connect with them, and globalization has necessitated that we expand our reach to academic communities across the world. In this essay, we demonstrate methods for developing a holistic and meaningful approach to information instruction practices for academic librarians teaching remotely.

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The Globalized Library: American Academic Libraries and International Students, Collections, and Practices, Eds. Yelena Luckert and Lindsay Inge Carpenter, ACRL, 2019

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