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Friday, May 13 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Breaking New Ground: Academic Library Support for Students Creating Alternative Projects

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Academic teaching and research librarians are very familiar with traditional research assignments frequently assigned to undergraduate students: select a topic, find scholarly resources, and write a 5-10 page paper on said topic. In recent years, more professors have explored alternative projects (e.g., posters, podcasts, oral histories, etc.) rather than traditional research papers or presentations. These projects still come with guidelines, expectations, and a grading rubric. Moreover, alternative projects may require students to develop new skills or proficiencies and/or become familiar with new tools. Alternative assignments provide a valuable opportunity for teaching librarians to engage students more deeply with concepts and skills related to information literacy, visual literacy, and data literacy. This presentation focuses on the work two academic librarians undertook to support students tasked with creating a particular type of alternative assignment—an infographic. 

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Scottie Kapel

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Hunter Library, Western Carolina University
Scottie Kapel (she/her) is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Carolina University, where she frequently works with students creating non-traditional research products. In addition to her scholarly communications responsibilities, Scottie is the liaison to criminology... Read More →
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Krista Schmidt

STEM Librarian/Professor, Western Carolina University
Krista Schmidt has worked in libraries since 2001, and in 2003 she was the first dedicated subject liaison hired by Hunter Library at Western Carolina University. Krista's MSLS is from UNC Chapel Hill. She currently serves as the STEM liaison at WCU.

Friday May 13, 2022 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT