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Communication and Collaboration: Working with Faculty for Information Fluency. Jennifer Parker Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos Jeanne Brown Claudia Covert. Art Libraries Society of North America Atlanta, Georgia April 27, 2007.

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Communication and Collaboration:Working with Faculty for Information Fluency

Jennifer Parker Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos

Jeanne Brown Claudia Covert

Art Libraries Society of North America

Atlanta, Georgia

April 27, 2007

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Working with Faculty to Create Credit Courses and Other Instruction for Art and Art History Students

Jennifer Parker

Art and Architecture Librarian

University of Colorado at Boulder

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Instruction at CU-Boulder Assignments

  • Collaboration between CU-Libraries and the Program for Writing and Rhetoric (PWR)

  • RIOT Tutorial and Instruction Session

  • Few established relationships between academic departments and the Libraries

  • No subject or discipline specific instruction for the arts

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Getting the Department Involved Assignments

  • Collaborations are paramount

  • Patience and persistence essential

  • Presence was the key

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Collaborating with Studio Arts Assignments

  • Studio Artists have different needs from the library

  • Few see library as a resource for their students

  • Few think that they have research needs

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Foundations for Studio Art Assignments

  • Intro class required for all incoming studio arts majors – approximately 450 a year

  • Focused on practice of artists

  • Faculty interested in incorporating brief research assignment

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The Assignment Assignments

  • 3-4 page research paper on a contemporary artist the student has learned about in class

  • Paper is to include a bibliography and an image

  • Students must use at least 3 resources

  • Students must visit the Art and Architecture Collection

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The Instruction Assignments

  • Webpage

  • Steps for researching a contemporary artist:

    • Search Chinook for a book

    • Search ArtBibliographies Modern for an article

    • Search Lexis/Nexis Academic for a review

    • Search the Internet for a website on or about the artist

  • Evaluation and citation of materials

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Research for Art History Grad Students Assignments

  • Proposed at an Art History Faculty Meeting

  • One credit course taught in conjunction with the Art Theory course

  • Required for all incoming graduate students

  • Recommended for advanced undergraduates

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The CU Library System and Refworks Assignments

Bibliographies, Biographies, and Images


Ancient to Medieval

Renaissance to Modern

North and South American

Contemporary and Non-traditional

Non-western and Multi-Cultural

The Course

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Outcomes Assignments

  • 700 students in the Foundations program

  • Credit course listed for this fall

  • Increased presence in the libraries

  • New collaborations across campus