P877: Integrating information literacy and research strategies into sophomore and senior level college chemistry courses
This presentation will discuss two different ways that information literacy and library instruction are integrated with chemistry curricula at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). Moon Library at SUNY ESF offers a one-credit information literacy course taught by librarian faculty, and which is required for several majors. For many years, this information literacy course has been integrated into the senior level professional chemistry course. For most of the semester, students in this senior level course work with chemistry faculty to develop a research proposal, and spend five weeks with the librarian learning library and information research skills relating to their topics. Recognizing that students need to begin learning research and career skills sooner than their senior year, chemistry faculty approached the library to work with them in incorporating information literacy skills into a new sophomore level course. During this new course’s pilot semester, a librarian was invited to two class sessions to talk about conducting research using library resources. Topics discussed included developing a search strategy, basic searching techniques, introduction to SciFinder, and citing sources. This presentation will discuss specific outcomes, topics covered, assignments, observations, and future directions of the information literacy instruction in both of these senior and sophomore level classes.