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Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Online from: 1973

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Librarian in a Strange Land: Teaching a Freshman Orientation Course

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Title:Librarian in a Strange Land: Teaching a Freshman Orientation Course
Author(s):Sarah Blakeslee, (Information literacy/instruction librarian, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico, California. )
Citation:Sarah Blakeslee, (1998) "Librarian in a Strange Land: Teaching a Freshman Orientation Course", Reference Services Review, Vol. 26 Iss: 2, pp.73 - 78
Keywords:Information superhighway, Librarians, Students, Teaching
Article type:Viewpoint
DOI:10.1108/00907329810307678 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:The opportunity to teach a three unit general educational freshman orientation class is a dream come true for any instruction librarian. In this article, Blakeslee discusses the chain of events that led to her teaching a general education course, as well as the planning and background of the course, course content, challenges of being a new teacher with little classroom experience, combining librarianship and teaching, and the benefits derived from the classroom teaching experience. Her better understanding of the students, she concludes, stems from having had extended opportunities to see what motivates them and interests them and how they approach their assignments and learning. This understanding has translated into better reference service.

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