English 106 and Libraries
BY BETH McNEIL
PILLAR: Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication
English 106, Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition, is a required course for incoming Purdue students. Typically there are 300+ sections of English 106, and the idea of reaching all of those students with information literacy can seem quite daunting. In past years we had been able to work with some of the sections to integrate information literacy concepts and library resources into their work, but these past efforts have reached just a small percentage of the students. Our challenge has been and continues to be to find a scalable approach to integrating information literacy into ENGL 106. Much effort went into building relationships with ENGL 106 leadership and instructors and I am very glad to report that this year we have made great progress.
This year, led by Larry Mykytiuk, a group of six librarians including Robert Freeman, John Fritch, Clarence Maybee, Alaina Morales and Catherine Fraser Riehle (known as 'six one-o-sixers') offered instructional sessions to many of the ENGL 106 sections. They collaborated with Archives and Special Collections (ASC) in reviewing potential assignments using archives, as well as reviewing the new LibGuide on primary sources. Maybee and Mykytiuk had several meetings with the program's administrators as well as groups of graduate students who teach the ENGL 106 sections.
When Maybee and Mykytiuk met with the Pedagogic Inquiry Group (PIC) the idea of working more closely with ASC surfaced. Maybee stated, "It was in this group meeting that the idea of having ENGL 106 students work with archival materials first sparked excitement." Mykytiuk recognized the opportunity immediately and connected the PIC group leader up with Sammie Morris, and the ball was rolling. During spring semester ASC librarians and archivists worked with ENGL 106 instructors to incorporate into each of their assignments some aspect of archival research. Assignments ranged from writing a brief biography of a Purdue alumnus using sources in the archives, to writing about the history of a Purdue building or creating a podcast or research paper on a student tradition, such as Grand Prix. In all assignments students were required to locate, identify and use primary source materials from ASC to complete their projects.
“The students really enjoyed learning about Purdue history and taking a hands-on approach to working with the collections. Some instructors required students to come to the reading room to use collections onsite while others asked students to use online collections in e-Archives. We have received positive feedback from Linda Haynes, assistant director of Composition, and her mentors and are looking forward to continuing this collaboration next semester,” said Morris.
It is notable that the annual Introductory Composition at Purdue (iCAP) Showcase, which took place on April 12, featured work related to composition which included two presentations by ENGL 106 teachers on how they had their students work with materials from the Purdue Archives. As a former ENGL 106 instructor explained to Maybee, the graduate students teaching ENGL 106 loved exposing their students to the kinds of rich materials they use in their own scholarly work.
Next steps with English 106
Thank you to Andre Morrell, graduate assistant working in information literacy, Clarence Maybee, Larry Mykytiuk and Sammie Morris for their assistance with this article and to all librarians and staff who have assisted ENGL 106 students this year.
Student, Tracy Guerre's final project on display at the 2012 iCAP Showcase.
Celebrating our staff
Joseph M. Dagnese Memorial Award for Excellence in Service to the Libraries - Jill Stair
Joseph M. Dagnese Memorial Award for Excellence in Service to the Libraries - RaeLynn Boes
John H. Moriarty Award for Excellence in Library Service - Catherine Fraser Riehle
RaeLynn Boes, Jill Stair and Catherine Fraser Riehle
Dean’s Award for Individual Sustained and Outstanding Contribution to the Libraries - Diana Grove
Dean’s Award for Individual Sustained and Outstanding Contribution to the Libraries - Monica Kirkwood
Dean’s Award for Individual Significant Advancement of a Libraries Strategic Initiative - Sue Ward
Purdue University Libraries Award for Excellence in Teaching - Larry Mykytiuk
When I think of the information needs, hence the information literacy needs, present and future, of Purdue’s approximately 38,000 students (plus faculty), I am almost desperately grateful to the Libraries administration for emphasizing information literacy in the Libraries’ strategic plan and successfully working to have it included in the University’s new core curriculum. I also truly appreciate the labors of the Libraries Curriculum Committee members of 2010 to establish the Teaching Award (you know who you are). Special thanks to Catherine Fraser Riehle for suggesting last year that I apply for the Teaching Award. Otherwise, I almost certainly would not have done so.
Although this award takes into account only the past two calendar years’ work of applicants, it is very meaningful to me personally, because it comes after eighteen years of teaching at Purdue. After about a decade, some 200 to 240 students a year were requesting individual consultations, which I encouraged, so it’s been busy. But in the University-wide picture, this award is one tiny spark in a great Boilermaker effort."
Dean’s Award for Team Achievement - Creation of the Informed Learning Studio Team - Sandy Galloway, Dianna Deputy, Rachel Moore, Brad Heiss, Dale White
Dean’s Award for Team Achievement - HABRI Central Implementation Team - Gretchen Stephen's, Jane Yatcilla, Debbie Maron
Front Row: Dianna Deputy, Rachel Moore, Diana Grove, Debbie Maron, Gretchen Stephens. Back Row: Larry Mykytiuk, Sandy Galloway, Sue Ward, Monica Kirkwood, Jim Mullins, Dale White, Brad Heiss. Not pictured: Jane Yatcilla.
2012 Libraries student award and scholarship winners
Quintin Frey is a junior majoring in History and Political Science from Batesville, Indiana. Frey has worked in Archives and Special Collections for three semesters. His supervisor, Mary Sego said, “This past semester was a challenging one with the two main overseers of the Oral History transcription project, Katie Markee retiring and Shauna Borger leaving. Quinn was one of the students that helped keep things on track and helped us reach the deadline of having all of the audios transcribed by the end of December.”
“I am extremely grateful to be chosen to receive the PULSE Award. I believe that Purdue Libraries are an instrumental part of the academic success of students at Purdue and I have enjoyed working for the Libraries for the past two year. Receiving this recognition is a great honor not only as a student worker but as a member of Purdue University,” said Frey.
Samantha Kuschke is a junior majoring in biology from Randolph, New Jersey. Kuschke has worked in the Hicks Repository for three semesters. Her supervisor, Dot Lanzalotto commented, “Samantha has helped with several key projects including the Light Archive Documents, Monograph Relocation Project and the Google Project. Her attention to detail is very reliable.”
“Receiving the PULSE Award is such an honor. It’s great to feel like my hard work in the Hicks Repository is helping the entire library system here at Purdue. Thank you,” said Kuschke.
PULSE Awards - Marie Jepson Scian Memorial
Tiffany Eakin is a junior majoring in History and minoring in Anthropology from Parker, Pennsylvania. Eakin has worked in Life Sciences Library for three semesters. Her supervisor, Victoria Thomas said, “Tiffany is very dependable, does quality work and displays initiative to a high degree. She has an excellent attitude and is always cooperative.”
“I am thrilled to be a recipient of the PULSE Award! I am grateful to the staff of the Life Sciences Library for all they have taught me and their ongoing guidance and it has helped me solidify my choice of wanting to become a librarian. Also, thank you to Mrs. Lucy Allen for providing this scholarship in memory of Marie Jepson Scian. Your generous gift is helping me achieve my goal of acquiring a college education that will have a positive impact on my life and my three daughters. I feel truly honored to be a part of such an illustrious University surrounded by brilliant minds. I will always look back on my time at Purdue with fondness. Thank you! ” said Eakin.
Patrick Polowsky is a junior majoring in Interdisciplinary Science with a concentration in Chemistry/Food Science from Chesterton, Indiana. Polowsky has worked in the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library for three semesters. His supervisor, Cindy Yeoman said, “At night, the graduate students would be lost without him. Patrick uses his strong communication skills to help patrons with the computers, copiers and printers; patrons ask for him by name to come and help them.”
"Winning the PULSE scholarship means a great deal to me and I appreciate how it will help pay for my education. However the real gift is being given the opportunity to work with such fantastic people and getting the chance to help my peers."
Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship
Julia Ribeiro is a senior majoring in Chemistry from West Lafayette, Indiana. Ribeiro has worked in Resource Services/Acquisitions for four semesters. Her supervisor, Lori Bryant said, “Julia was hired to work on the Serial Set which is part of the Google Project. First of all, I needed to have someone who was able to work independently, someone who could input record after record into the catalog, someone who could learn quickly and someone who would make very few mistakes. That someone was Julia!”
“I am so honored to have received the McCaw Scholarship! Being part of the Libraries at Purdue has always been part of my college career. I have always worked with hard-working people which have inspired my dedication to the Libraries and more recently the Google Project. Thank you,” said Ribeiro.
Dr. Albert Viton Scholarship
Heidi Branham is a senior in Visual Communications Design and Art History from Roanoke, Texas. Branham has worked for Purdue Press for one semester. Her supervisor, Bryan Shaffer, commented, “Her enthusiasm to learn and work with our team is contagious. She has shown that she is a valuable member of the Press staff.”
“I am extremely grateful to receive this scholarship. Working with the Purdue Press has been a wonderful experience and has been one of the best jobs I have had. I know that they are invested in my future and through this internship I have felt more fully prepared to enter the real word after graduation. I am honored to receive this award.” said Branham.
Amelia Earhart Scholarship winners
The Amelia Earhart Scholarship is given annually in honor of Amelia Earhart, a remarkable and unique woman who demonstrated exceptional desire to succeed in her chosen field.
Recipients of this scholarship must exhibit exemplary leadership skills, determination and potential while possessing a minimum grade point average of 3.2 after 48 semester hours. Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship award.
Sarah Arnac is a senior majoring in Aeronautical and Astronautic
al Engineering from Saint Charles, Missouri. She is currently on co-op assignment at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California. Her training at NASA involves sonic boom propagation with regard to civic infrastructure.
“Receiving the Amelia Earhart Scholarship is an honor. As a private pilot studying Aerospace Engineering, Amelia has been a hero and mentor to me throughout my collegiate journey. I greatly admire her ambition, relentlessness and at the same time compassion for others. This award helps me to finance a challenging, rewarding degree from Purdue which provides a solid foundation for me to build from. After graduation, I plan on becoming a flight test engineer. I hope to exhibit Earhart's same characteristics throughout my life, encouraging other students to never let the sky be their limit,” said Arnac.
Elaina Grott is a junior majoring in Entomology from Mount Prospect, Illinois. Her extra-curricular activities include Habitat for Humanity, Maclure Cooperative, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Purdue Disaster Response Team, Boiler Green Initiative and the Thomas Say Entomological Society.
“I am honored and blessed to receive the Amelia Earhart Scholarship. It means so much to my family and me. I'm motivated by my parents and my three little sisters and I always try and do my best for them,” said Grott.
Lauren Rigg is a junior, majoring in General Health Science from Dyer, Indiana. She is involved in Golden Key, Relay for Life, Health Science Student Council and is a Teaching Assistant for Health Sciences 201.
“With so many amazing students at Purdue University, I am honored to be named a recipient of the 2012-2013 Amelia Earhart Scholarship. I will continue to strive to live up to the standards Amelia Earhart set for herself as I pursue my own dreams in the medical field,” said Rigg.
It's a touchdown: One Book Higher scores in 2012
Made Me LOL
Most Innovative Idea
Best Furthers the Strategic Plan
Dean and Associate Deans’ Choice
OFF THE SHELF
Christopher C. Miller, promotion to associate professor of Library Science
Catherine Fraser Riehle, promotion to Associate Professor of Library Science
Maribeth Slebodnik, promotion to associate professor of Library Science
Michael Fosmire, promotion to professor of Library Science.
The contemporary literature collection that was housed in Hicks Undergraduate Library has now been moved to the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library (HSSE). The collection is located on the right side of the main floor by the elevators.
That Words Are Dreams: An Exhibit Honoring Felix Stefanile
Library Scholars Grant: 2011 Presentations
LIBRARIES IN THE NEWS
Purdue Today, April 4
UNS Press Release, April 6
UNS Press Release, April 11
Purdue Today, April 12
LIBRARIES STAFF A-Z
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
Q. How long have you worked in the Libraries and at Purdue?
Q. What is one unforgettable experience that has happened to you or your coworkers while working in the library?
Q. What’s your favorite book, website, movie or database?
Q. Coffee, tea, water or soft drink?
Q. What do you like to do for fun?
Q. Feel free to include any information about yourself that you would like to share with the staff?
Spring Pasta with Morels, Leeks and Peas
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