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8th AMICAL Conference April 27 – 30, 2011 Beirut, Lebanon. American University of Central Asia. Peg Peoples – Director of College Writing Sania Battalova – Director of Information Resources and Technology. Former American University in Kyrgyzstan - Founded in 1993

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american university of central asia

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

American University of Central Asia

Peg Peoples – Director of College Writing

Sania Battalova – Director of Information Resources and Technology

auca background i nformation
Former American University in Kyrgyzstan - Founded in 1993

11 Degree programs and MBA

1,200 students(40% men and 60% women) – undergraduates and graduate (MBA) from 15 countries

125 full-time faculty

Merged Library/IT Structure

AUCA Background Information
student computer labs

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Student Computer Labs
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8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Library Spaces for Learning

Periodicals and Multimedia Room

research questions

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Research Questions
  • How do they accomplish their research projects and papers?
  • Wheredoourstudentsworkontheirresearch projects and papersandwhy?
  • Whatresources dostudentsrely on?
methods

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Methods
  • Photo Interviews
  • Mapping
  • Retrospective Interviews
  • Observations

Photo Interview: Your Room

auca campus map

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

AUCA Campus map
student mapping

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Student Mapping
student mapping1

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Student Mapping
retrospective interviews

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Retrospective Interviews
observations

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Observations
findings

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Findings
things auca students do well

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Things AUCA Students Do Well
  • Use AUCA computers primarily for studying and working on assignments and their laptops for social networking.
  • Successfully print out at the computer labs
  • Use the e-course system
  • Research in multiple languages
things auca students do well1

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Things AUCA Students Do Well
  • Take advantage of all spaces in the library
  • Use library spaces creatively to work alone or in groups
  • Understand that writing is a process
  • Use brainstorming, note-taking, highlighting, etc.
  • Understand that an engaging topic is important
  • Know they need focus to write
significant student facts

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Significant Student Facts
  • Students do most of their writing at home due to limited library space: 100 seats in library & 100 seats in computer labs for 1200 students.
  • Student are allowed only 1.5 hours a day to work on library computers due to limited seating.
  • Less than 50 % have internet access at home
  • The Library has limited hours (due to security)
  • Many, many students have jobs—even if they live at home
  • For many International students going home means not coming back.
where auca students can use our help

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

Where AUCA Students Can Use Our Help
  • Understanding assignments
  • Working consistently on assignments
  • Using a variety of resources—they are ‘Google-centric’
  • Using databases for research
  • Analyzing texts and data instead of relying on “copy & paste”
  • Having access to a variety of workspaces to accomplish various tasks
  • Getting more consistent feedback from professors
what we can do now

8th AMICAL Conference

April 27 – 30, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon

What We Can Do Now
  • Introduce Information Literacy into separate courses
  • Incorporate Bibliographic Instruction into courses
  • Offer “Writing Effective Assignments” workshop for faculty
  • Offer “Responding to Papers” workshop for faculty
  • Rethink budget allocations for library resources
  • Make the library “homier”
  • Include students in the design of the new library