Denise Woetzel and Suzanne Sherry attended and presented at The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC), an annual day long conference held at Radford University which is dedicated to the exploration of innovative practices related to the teaching and learning of information literacy in academic libraries. College and university librarians and teaching faculty gathered from Virginia and from other states as far as California to learn about the latest information literacy initiatives developed and implemented at other academic institutions. Denise and Suzanne gained much insight on various information literacy issues related to pedagogical theories, collaborative initiatives, instructional methods, assessment, emerging technologies, librarians’ roles, and marketing. Through networking with conference participants, Denise and Suzanne also learned about the many information literacy opportunities and challenges encountered by other academic institutions.
Denise, Suzanne and Josh Watson also presented a session at the conference, Library Live! Collaborating towards Heightened Information Literacy & Retention in English Composition Classes. During the session they discussed the development, facilitation and assessment of student-centered information literacy activities in several ENG-111 and 112 class sections and how these “class within a class” Library Live sessions increased student retention, engagement and success. Research activities and deliverables as well as pre and post assessment findings were shared during the session.
If you would like to talk to Denise or Suzanne about the conference or collaborate with them on developing and facilitating information literacy sessions with your classes, you can contact them by email or phone:
The library is proud to introduce the new and improved Library Scavenger hunt! The Library Scavenger hunt is a great activity for your class that incorporates technology, information literacy modules, and a library orientation all in one fun session.
Students working in teams search for library resources and post their answers, with a few selfies along the way, on Instagram. Back in the library classroom, teams present their answers and are scored for accuracy.
We are excited to offer this activity to your classes. The activity can be scheduled for 50-75 minutes depending on your time frame.
Contact us to schedule a Scavenger Hunt for your class!
Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Anita Tarbox, Librarian at Hermitage High School, collaborated on a presentation, High School to College Transition Initiatives: Making it a Reality, which they co-presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in Savannah, GA. During their session, Denise and Anita discussed the various collaborative initiatives they are working on to better prepare high school students for college level research.
Denise also attended some awesome conference sessions on best methods, the latest technologies and other issues related to teaching, learning and assessing of students’ information literacy skills. Reynolds librarians will be exploring how some of these methods and new technologies can be adapted and incorporated into the curriculum. Sessions included:
Collaborating beyond the Campus: University Librarians in the K-12 Classroom. Presenters Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra, Gayle Schaub, and Susan Carson from Grand Valley State University discussed a collaboration between academic librarians, an education professor, public librarians, and a middle school teacher. In weekly workshops sixth-graders from a local middle school worked alongside university education major students to develop their information literacy skills with assistance from both librarians and an education professor. These sixth graders than develop a final presentation that was showcased in an exhibition event on the university campus.
Making it REAL: Teaching Information Literacy Skills through Situated Learning. Presenters Jon Pope, Kim Becnel, and Amanda from Appalachian State University discussed how writing instructors and a librarian collaborated on a research component of an undergraduate composition course. One of the research assignments for this course was a Rhetorical Exigence and Active Learning (REAL) project, in which students worked in small groups to identify a real-world local problem and conducted original research to produce a final written product. Students’ assignment journals were analyzed and a focus group was conducted to compare students’ level of motivation and engagement with both the traditional research essay and the REAL project. Results revealed that students were much more engaged with the REAL project.
Reynolds Library hosted 47 Advance College Academy students in two library instruction sessions as part of their SDV 100 course. The students piloted an information literacy activity called The Source Deck.
The Source Deck is a series of research activities that students complete in small groups. The activities are all hands-on, and include essential research skills like finding resources, identifying parts of a citation, evaluating resources and understanding the publication timeline.
The Source Deck was adapted by librarians Denise Woetzel and Mary Hanlin, seen here leading the session, based on The Source Deck originally developed at the University of Virginia.
These classes of ACA students are rising 11th graders at Tucker High School. In the summer between their sophomore and junior years, ACA students take two college classes on campus during one of Reynolds five-week sessions.
In the spring the library hosts ninth grade students from the ACA programs. This year 147 students came to Reynolds for a campus tour and to complete the Library Scavenger Hunt, a hands-on library orientation that involves small groups and iPads.
The Advance College Academy allows high school students to earn an Associate Degree while still in high school. ACA programs are available at Tucker, Highland Springs, Goochland and Powhatan High Schools.
Denise Woetzel, Information Literacy Librarian, and Suzanne Sherry, Parham Campus Library Coordinator, presented the information session “College Libraries and Research: Top 10 Things to Expect” on December 8, 2014 to students at Hermitage High School.
College-bound senior English students participated in the six sessions, and the Reynolds librarians reached almost 400 students during the event. Students were interested in hearing about college libraries and research, especially the cafes in many large libraries. Students also shared their own experiences visiting other colleges.
Hermitage High School is located near Reynolds Parham Road Campus in Henrico County.
Anita Tarbox, one of the librarians at Hermitage High School, hosted the event. “High School students need help preparing and transitioning academically, particularly with the research skills they will need in college. The advice to ALWAYS ASK your professor or librarian will assist our students as they enter the adult world of college.”
Librarians are committed to helping students succeed in high school, college and beyond. Though this collaboration was one small step for librarians, it was one giant leap for student success.