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Wednesday, October 16 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Poster #6 -- It Doesn’t Have to be a Murky Middle: University Faculty Perceptions of Information Literacy Needs in the Sophomore and Junior Years

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Perceiving an instruction and outreach disconnect with sophomore and junior level courses, Elon University faculty librarians explored teaching faculty perceptions of library research challenges as well as support needed by students in these “middle year courses.” The presenters held two focus groups composed of teaching faculty from the liberal arts and professional schools in order to assess library instruction and liaison outreach to these students. A research team of liaison librarians used a content analysis framework to review focus group transcripts and identified themes and information literacy competencies. Initial results from the data reveal that faculty librarians and teaching faculty share similar perceptions and concerns about student research abilities in sophomore and junior courses across various disciplines. Teaching faculty also shared unexpected and enlightening feedback that will result in opportunities for new approaches in faculty-librarian partnerships focused on customizing and adapting information literacy competencies within major course sequences. This poster will generate ideas that can be used to create meaningful partnerships between faculty and librarians as they work together to deepen instruction collaborations focused on information literacy in sophomore and junior years.

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Teresa LePors

Coordinator of Library Research and Scholarly Services, Elon University
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Patrick Rudd

Coordinator of Library Instruction and Outreach Services, Elon University

Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
Piedmont 1-3