Why take a Library Skills Course?
The Librarians have created a one-hour online course (BIS3190) to provide undergraduates with a strong foundation for conducting library research. Students will develop the skills to identify information needed for their research, find and evaluate scholarly versus trade resources, and organize the information for a paper or other project. The course also touches on the topics of plagiarism, copyright, and citation management. Enrollment in the course is strong and most former students have provided positive feedback on the knowledge they gained through the readings, online discussion, and assignments.
The library now offers an expanded course for graduate students within the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. MAIS 5320.011, a 3-hour online class, will focus on the preparation required to conduct a literature review. The goal of the course is to help students formulate a search strategy for finding information appropriate to their research project. The readings and assignments will help the students identify their information needs and find appropriate resources. In addition, students will learn to evaluate the credibility, authenticity, and timeliness of the resources. Finally, the students will conduct a literature review on a topic which should prepare them to write their dissertation and provide them with the means to create and maintain their references for this major project.
McDermott Library instruction librarians Chris Edwards, Stephanie Isham, Loreen Henry, Susie Kutchi and Matt Makowka.
Promotions at McDermott Library
Director of Libraries Ellen Safley has promoted several library staff over the summer. Debbie Montgomery is now Associate LIbrary Director for Technical Services after serving as Head of Cataloging for six years. Montgomery is a recipient of the Ethel Ward-McLemore Award for Library Excellence at McDermott Library. “Debbie brings a broad range of experience and enthusiasm to the position and will begin designing her division to meet our customers’ needs .. . DeAnn Rose was appointed chief financial officer after serving as administrative assistant for Dr. Safley. She previously worked in Circulation and served on the UT Dallas Staff Council . . . Lauren Hawthorne, copy center supervisor, replaced Rose as administrative assistant . . .