The first project was the Faculty Lunch described below. Jessica Reyes and I discussed our collaboration to teach student research skills to seniors writing theses in Economics. The class is Econ 77 and the students meet 3 times with a librarian -- one for instruction in doing a literature review in EconLit and other databases, once for a session on finding data, and the third (with Susan Kimball) on using EndNote. The student library instruction evaluations were extremely positive about the value of research instruction. In addition, for discussion during the lunch I prepared a DRAFT of the type of skills we think students should develop in a given discipline (Political Science, in this case, below) over the course of their time at Amherst.
Faculty Lunch: Teaching Student Research: A Faculty/Librarian Collaboration March 14
On Friday, March 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, the subject of the Teaching and Advising Lunch for faculty will be Teaching Student Research: A Faculty/Librarian Collaboration. The topic will be presented by Jessica Reyes from the Economics Department and Susan Edwards from the Frost Library, who will discuss their experiences with this collaborative approach. They suggest that this process could be similarly productive in other disciplines.