The Universe at Your Fingertips
Block 3 Sessions, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Program N

The Launching Pad: Delivering Information Competence through the Web

Sariya Talip Clay
Reference and GIS Librarian
California Polytechnic State University

Sallie Harlan
Reference Librarian
California Polytechnic State University

Judy Swanson
Multimedia Specialist
California Polytechnic State University


Traditionally, librarians have used printed workbooks to teach students basic information skills. With the emergence of the world wide web, opportunities are now available to transform these static and linear tools into dynamic, interactive instructional resources. This presentation will describe our efforts to create interactive WWW-based modules to teach information competence.

These modules, to be used in library credit courses and college-based courses throughout the general curriculum, are part of a CSU multi-campus project which arose out of a system-wide Information Competence Workshop held in December 1995. Our presentation will provide an overview of the project and will describe the process of creating interactive instructional Web tutorials based on 10 core information competencies.

The focus of the presentation will be a discussion and demonstration of the interactive WWW-based electronic workbook. We will show how the workbook utilizes split screen technologies and places heavy emphasis on the use of graphics, images, sample pages, excerpts from full-text sources, citations, and other relevant materials to provide a realistic learning environment. The electronic workbook allows students to view instructional tips, examples and exercises, and simultaneously record answers on an electronic assignment sheet. Issues, problems, and constraints related to the content, design, and testing of the workbook will be reviewed.

This presentation will be of interest to librarians engaged in library instruction, the web as an instructional medium, and information competence.

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