F&M College Library

Connections 2

Information Literacy in the Connections Curriculum

Customized Library Research Workshops for CNX 2: general notes

CNX 2 Library Research Workshops: General Notes 

  • Developed by the course librarian in consultation with the professor
  • Tailored to the requirements of an assignment
  • The role of the librarian:
    • Model effective library research strategizing and practices
    • Engage students in active exploration of resources
    • Encourage the professor to contribute/clarify/emphasize, etc.,
      during the workshop

  • Workshops are most effective when:
    • Students have a topic/research question to focus their research
      workshop experience
      • Note: this could be a topic assigned only for the workshop
    • They are scheduled to occur no more than 7-14 days prior to
      graded work being due

  • The librarian creates a customized Library Research Guide/LibGuide
  • The recommended number of active research workshops varies per
    course assignment. Usually:
    • For a 50-minute class period: 2 to 5 workshops 
    • For an 80-minute class period: 2 to 4 workshops
    • Note: not all workshops necessarily feature librarian engagement
      of students for the entire class period.  There can be multiple,
      brief exercises/assignments leading up to full, active research
      workshop class periods.

Designing Library Research Assignments and Workshops for CNX 2 courses

Consult with the course librarian to design assignments and
schedule library research workshops best suited to the content and flow of your course.  

If you have not yet connected with your CNX librarian, and/or if you have any questions, comments, etc.,
concerning information literacy in the Connections curriculum,
Lisa Stillwell, Associate Librarian for Research Services, lisa.stillwell@fandm.edu