First Year Students and the Academic Library: Making Connections

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In order to address the unique needs of first year university students, special programs offered exclusively to these students have become increasingly commonplace on campuses throughout the United States. In recognition that the library is crucial in providing students with the research skills that are essential both to a successful undergraduate career and the creation of lifelong learners, library instruction is a component of many of these programs. At Hofstra University, the library and the First Year Connections (FYC) program developed a model for integrating the library into the curriculum of the FYC courses. This integration involves collaboration between library faculty and the subject faculty in developing assignments, monitoring student progress and participating in curriculum-related field trips and social activities. This presentation will discuss the rapid growth—as well as the growing pains—of the library’s relationship with FYC. In so doing, it will discuss the considerations that have led us to continually tweak the structure and organization of the course in response to feedback and observations from preceding years. We will trace the issues that led to the evolution of the course from a traditional in-class course, to the development of a hybrid In-class/online model for some sections, to the inauguration of some completely online sections planned for the fall of 2009.


Keywords: Information Literacy, Academic Libraries, First Year Students, Online Learning, Distance Education
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: First Year Students and the Academic Library,


Dr. Ann Grafstein

Coordinator of Library Instruction, Library, Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY, USA

Ann Grafstein is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Hofstra University. She is involved in the development and management of the library's collaboration with Hofstra's First Year Connections program. She has a Ph.D. in linguistics (McGill University, 1984) and an MLIS (University of Western Ontario, 1989). Her publications include “Information Literacy and Technology: An Examination of Some Issues,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2007, “The Evolution of Academic Libraries: The Networked Environment,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2005, A Discipline-Based Approach to Information Literacy.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 2002, and “The Linguistic Assumptions Underlying Readability Formula,” Journal of Language and Communication, 2001. She received the Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section Publication Award for “A Discipline-Based Approach to Information Literacy” in 2004

Dr. Alan Bailin

Assistant Professor of Library Operations, Library, Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY, USA

Alan Bailin is Assistant Professor of Library Services, Hofstra University. Alan Bailin has a Ph.D. in English (McGill University, 1983) and an MLS (Queens College, CUNY, 2001). He has been as assistant editor for Computers and the Humanities and a reviewer for both the National Science Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Among his many publications are ‘Online Tutorials, Narratives and Scripts,’ Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2007, ‘The Evolution of Academic Libraries: The Networked Environment,’ Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2005, “The Linguistic Assumptions Underlying Readability Formula,” Journal of Language and Communication, 2001, and a book entitled Metaphor and the Logic of Language Use, Legas, 1998.

Dr. Elena Cevallos

Professor, Library, Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY, USA


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