CSEIL Annual Report: FY 2002/03

The mission of the Center for Science and Engineering Information Literacy (CSEIL) is to promote and support the instructional activities of the science and engineering libraries. This year the eight subject specialty libraries* provided 333 instructional sessions to a total of 6,185 attendees; the Institute of Transportation Studies Library** gave 28 sessions with 34 attendees. The variety and nature of the classes are not revealed in the numbers, though. Following is a brief description of one instruction event from each of the libraries.

The Physics librarian participated in Physics 251, the seminar series for physics graduate students. It gave her a chance to give the students an overview of the rich electronic resources in their field, as well as to meet them in a setting where they will remember her and the library.

Earth Sciences staff gave instruction to graduate students in City Planning. The students chose any place in the world they wanted to study. They were taught to use Pathfinder to find detailed maps and air photos of those places, preferably showing every building, sidewalk and tree in the correct place!

Public Health staff instructed the Bay Area International Group on resources for family planning and reproductive health in developing countries.

The Biology and Natural Resources staff worked with humanities librarians to instruct an Introduction to Environmental Studies class. The class is co-taught by a scientist and a poet and the students were shown both science and humanities resources. Beginning with a poem, the students chose a topic, then searched for citations in the subject area of their choice. Finally, they emailed a couple of citations to the librarians, who will give them some feedback.

The Optometry librarian gave two PowerPoint classes for a public health seminar. The topics covered maternal and child health, family planning, and health policy. The students began working on a presentation during the first, intermediate level class and then finished at a second, more advanced class. During the final class some of them did "show and tell", which made it very lively.

The Mathematics librarian taught Graduate classes in Riemannian and symplectic geometry to use the pre-print ArXiv, and MathSciNet. Both rely upon the Mathematics Subject Classification Code, an important tool to researching mathematics.

Engineering librarians taught classes to upper division engineering students from several departments. Their research required them to do an industry overview for their chosen product or service. In addition to engineering resources, the students were taught to use several business sources, including Hoover's Profiles, Business and Industry Index, and MultexNet.

The Chemistry librarian presented an overview of chemistry and chemical engineering resources to the College of Chemistry first year graduate students, incoming transfer students, and freshmen majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering. She also taught an advanced class on using a variety of resources, both print and electronic, for physical property data and syntheses of inorganic and organometallic compounds.

CSEIL's website went live in August, highlighting the libraries, liaisons, and instructional services and schedules. One of the pages, known as the "Ten Things to Know" page, has been modified for handouts and was the basis for an instructional display at the Engineering Library.

In February, CSEIL sponsored the program "The Minute Paper and Beyond: Using Assessment Techniques to Improve Teaching and Learning," with Linda Von Hoene, Director of the GSI Teaching and Resource Center. It was held in the Howard Room of the Faculty Club, and had about 25 attendees. Feedback was very positive, with one person saying "it was definitely worth the time" and another saying "I will implement one of the techniques in my next instruction class this Friday."

CSEIL added eight laptops to the original five on the cart. Nearly half of them were generously funded by Camille Wanat from College of Engineering funds, the rest funded by CSEIL's budget. The laptops and the other equipment have been used for orientations, classroom instruction, drop-in classes and special programs, serving 723 people. As more places are equipped with AirBears, the laptops can easily be used without setting up the wireless emitter. CSEIL's budget also funded Camtasia/Studio and SnagIt software for several people. These are being used to create professional instructional materials, including power point slides, handouts, guides, and videos.

CSEIL thanks Isabel Stirling for help with funding the budget request and Camille Wanat for providing funds for laptops. Grateful thanks go to Mike Parng and Richard Batten for setting up the laptops and cart and maintaining them, and, also, to Fleur Helsingor for designing and maintaining CSEIL's web pages.

CSEIL Instruction Statistics

  Course-related Orientation and tours Training Other TOTAL
Sessions 159 49 112 13 333
Attendees 3,928 943 1,074 250 6,195

* Science and Engineering Libraries
Bioscience and Natural Resources Library
Chemistry Library
Earth Sciences and Map Library
Engineering Library
Mathematics Statistics Library
Optometry and Health Sciences Library
Physics – Astronomy Library
Public Health Library

** Affiliated Science and Engineering Libraries
Agricultural Economics
EERC Library
ITS Library
WRCA Library
History of Science and Technology Program at The Bancroft Library

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