Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 5, No 2 (2011)

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Academic Libraries and the Credit-Bearing Class: A Practical Approach

Margaret G. Burke


Academic librarians are expanding their teaching roles and increasing numbers are involved in teaching information literacy by means of the credit-bearing class. Librarians at the Axinn Library at Hofstra University have been teaching
credit-bearing classes since 2001. While doing research on the subject, the author found that the literature
contained very little practical information concerning this important responsibility for academic librarians. In order to answer some questions that arose from Axinn librarians’ experiences with credit-bearing classes, a survey was conducted using the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Instruction’s Discussion List as the study group. Among the topics surveyed were assessment, delivery method, embedded classes and retention.

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