Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Providing meaningful Information Literacy instruction to thousands of freshmen each year is a daunting challenge facing university libraries. After the demise of a university required 1-credit library skills course, the Wayne State University Libraries tried to target instruction at Courses meeting freshman level General Education requirements. Unfortunately these courses tend to be composed of either numerous 25-30 person sections or very large lecture sections. To provide hands-on, in person instruction to students in all of the sections of even one of these courses can require 75-100 librarian hours in a single week. Servicing multiple courses would drain staff time and energy from all other necessary work or projects. To address this issue for one particular course, “BA1010—Critical Thinking for Consumer Decisions”, at WSU, a team was formed to develop a series of compact online modules that would replicate the essential information provided in the hands-on instruction sessions provided in previous years. If successful, it was hoped that this would form the model for the creation of additional modules for other required courses. This paper will explore the workings of the team, the development & implementation of the modules, and the overall effectiveness of the team approach to this process.


Library and Information Science


Presented at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters Conference, Wayne State University on March 29, 2008