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Title: Assessment of undergraduate research: Student posters across disciplines.
Author(s): Hensley, Merinda Kaye
Subject(s): Assessment Academic Library Ethnography of the University Initiative
Abstract: In our educative role, librarians work with students on the development of research and critical thinking skills as part of a cohesive push towards information literacy. New questions arise, however, with quickly changing expectations and models for publication of undergraduate student work. What role should librarians play in supporting the publication and dissemination of undergraduate scholarly work? The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explored this question in partnership with the Ethnography of the University Initiative, a “collaborative, campus-wide project, dedicated to directing and supporting student inquiry on the university.” ( This assessment project examined the layers of instruction as provided by a new initiative to engage students on the complexities of the scholarly communication process. While librarians use active learning strategies to discuss issues of publication, instruction also included strategies for creating an effective research poster through the development of visual literacy and design skills, consideration of legal and ethical use of images, and issues around submission of work in the local institutional repository. This poster will share qualitative and quantitative data to tell a story about the impact of library instruction on student’s perception of the publication process in alignment with their bi-annual student conference.
Issue Date: 2012-06-24
Citation Info: Hensley, Merinda Kaye. “Assessment of undergraduate research: Student posters across disciplines.” Poster presentation at Annual American Library Association Meetings, Anaheim, California, 24 June 2012.
Genre: Conference Poster
Type: Image
Language: English
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-10-21

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