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2019 ForwardFocus Conference Recap

Serving our Students with Consistent Information Literacy Instruction

Serving our Students with Consistent Information Literacy Instruction: A Collaborative Approach between Community Colleges and Universities

Janice Grover-Roosa, Western Wyoming College and University of Wyoming; Samantha Cook, University of Wyoming; Kristina Clement, University of Wyoming

The libraries at the University of Wyoming (UW) and Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) are partnering with Credo Courseware to test the effectiveness of the Instruct Modules in transfer students. This presentation discusses the creation and aims of this three-year project that seeks to evaluate the information literacy skills of WWCC transfer students, other community college transfer students, and current 4-year UW students to determine if academic libraries in Wyoming are helping students meet information literacy standards. This study has the potential to contribute foundational research to the state of Wyoming by measuring information literacy, which has been established as a significant indicator of student success, and the academic library’s role in relation to transfer students and community colleges.

Janice Grover-Roosa is the Director of Library Services at Western Wyoming Community College and ALA Chapter Councilor for Wyoming. Janice obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Art, English, from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s of Library Science from Emporia State University. Her current research projects include an examination of rhetorics in physical and online library spaces, and assesses IL competency and instruction at community colleges. Janice worked for the Sweetwater County Library System in Wyoming for six years prior to working at Western. She finds librarianship to be a laudable and fulfilling pursuit. 

Samantha Cook is the Instructional Design Librarian for the University of Wyoming Libraries. Samantha received her Bachelor’s in History from the University of Wyoming and Master’s of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas. Her current research projects are Universal Design for Learning in library instruction, libraries and centers for teaching and learning, making archives accessible to people with invisible disabilities, and OER initiatives.

Kristina Clement is the Student Success Librarian for the University of Wyoming Libraries. Kristina received her Bachelor’s in the Italian Language from the University of Kansas, a Master’s in Italian Literature from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s of Information Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her current research projects are customer service motivation in academic libraries, library space and instructional assessment, Universal Design for Learning in library instruction, and Open Educational Resources.