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FYI for FYE: 20-minute instruction for library orientation

Paul R Hottinger (Reference, Instruction, and Collection Services, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, USA)
Natalie M Zagami-Lopez (Reference, Instruction, and Collection Services, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, USA)
Alexandra S Bryndzia (Reference, Instruction, and Collection Services, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 10 August 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide an understanding of the experience of developing instruction to first-year-experience (FYE) students by introducing multiple library resources in 20 minutes.

Design/methodology/approach

Introduce FYE students to library resources using activity-based learning models. Using activity-based learning models, FYE students at Cal Poly Pomona, in Pomona, California, were introduced to multiple library resources that were woven into major library resources that fulfilled FYE competencies.

Findings

This paper demonstrates that librarians can effectively conduct library instruction to introduce FYE students to the core library resources in a 20-minute breakout session without the use of written assessments.

Originality/value

This paper would be beneficial for academic librarians developing library instruction for FYE students. The instruction designed within this paper provides useful examples for teaching information literacy for limited time, one-shot sessions and semester-long library instruction courses, using active teaching and learning methods that call for student participation and engagement.

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Citation

Hottinger, P.R., Zagami-Lopez, N.M. and Bryndzia, A.S. (2015), "FYI for FYE: 20-minute instruction for library orientation", Reference Services Review, Vol. 43 No. 3, pp. 468-479. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-03-2015-0018

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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