Saturday, July 10, 2010

Want Buy-In? Let Your Students Do the Buying!

I just read Want Buy-In? Let Your Students Do the Buying! A Case Study of Course-Integrated Collection Development by Anne Barnhart. It is in the recent issues of Collection Management. The full citation is Barnhart, Anne C.(2010) 'Want Buy-In? Let Your Students Do the Buying! A Case Study of Course- Integrated Collection Development', Collection Management, 35: 3, 237 — 243.

You can see why this is intersting from the abstract:

This paper describes how library instruction sessions (both oneshots and credit-bearing information literacy courses) can be used as collection development opportunities. Students were assigned the project of selecting materials for the library’s collection as a way to demonstrate understanding of research tools. The titles selected by the students were purchased by the library. The author discusses the creation of this assignment and how it served to increase course enrollment and build a more useful library collection. This model integrates outreach efforts with collection building and information literacy.

Yes, this is a "how-I-do-it-good" paper but it is well done and thoughtful. It is well worth a look.

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