Peer-Assisted Learning in Academic Libraries

Peer-Assisted Learning in Academic Libraries


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Written specifically for academic librarians and library administrators, this book identifies the myriad benefits of peer-assisted learning, exploring how the implementation of peer-assisted learning benefits information literacy instruction, cocurricular outreach, and reference services.

• Introduces readers to a well-established and effective practice in higher education and demonstrates how it can be used in library-initiated programs

• Provides the means to extend library staff resources by incorporating student employees in instruction, outreach, and reference services

• Supplies practical examples—complete with assessments, administrative justifications and lessons learned—for training and assessing student peer mentors

• Offers justification for how peer-assisted learning programs provide student employees with rewarding and enriching opportunities that can benefit them academically, personally, and professionally

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440846885
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/05/2017
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Erin Rinto is teaching and learning librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she coordinates the library instruction component of the English composition program.

John Watts is teaching and learning librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he works with faculty and students to integrate the library into the general education curriculum.

Rosan Mitola is outreach librarian for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she collaborates with campus groups to integrate library collections and services into cocurricular educational experiences for students.

Table of Contents

Foreword Patricia Iannuzzi ix

Introduction 1

Part I Peer-Assisted Learning in Information Literacy Instruction 17

1 The Research Mentor Program at the University of New Hampshire Manchester Library Annie Donahue Carolyn Gamtso Kim Donovan 19

2 The LibRAT Program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Brett Bodemer 33

3 The Mathlete Program at the University of Oregon Libraries Genevieve Schaack Annie Zeidman-Karpinski 43

4 Library Peer Mentors at Utah Stare University Pamela Martin 53

5 The Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coach Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries Erin Rinto John Watts Rosan Mitola 64

Part II Peer-Assisted Learning in Co-Curricular Outreach 81

6 Library House Outreach Program at Harvard College Anna Esty Alexis Gomez Ramona Islam Vegas Longlois Reed Lowrie 83

7 Library Living Learning Connection at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries Theresa McDevitt Malaika M. Turner 99

8 Peer Research Coaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Tyler A. Dunn Jan H. Kemp Ellen V. Blumberg 109

9 Master Builders of build IT @San Diego State University Library Jenny Wong-Welch 121

Part III Peer Assisted Learning in Reference Services 133

10 Peer Research Mentors at Gettysburg College Clinton Baugess Mallory Jallas Meggan Smith Janelle Wertzberger 135

11 The Learning Commons Research Assistance Program at Indiana University Libraries Michael Courtney Kate Otto 147

12 The Peer Research Assistants at the Michigan State University Libraries Emilia R. Marcyk Benjamin Oberdick 165

13 Peer Reference Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Joshua Vossler 179

14 Undergraduate Research Assistants at Hope College Jessica Hronchek Rachel Bishop 191

Index 207

About the Editors and Contributors 215

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