Innovation Honored

The Waidner-Spahr Library at Dickinson has received the inaugural First Year Experience (FYE) Innovation Award for its commitment to improving the first-year experience and learning outcomes.

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Waidner-Spahr Library wins First Year Experience Innovation Award

Dickinson's Waidner-Spahr Library has earned the inaugural First Year Experience (FYE) Innovation Award for its "strong collaborative efforts, established assessment practices and proven record at improving learning outcomes." Granted by Case Western Reserve University and CREDO, an international library information-skills solutions provider, the award includes a $1,500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the 2018 Personal Librarian & FYE Library Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, in March.

The award highlights the library's integration of information literacy into the First-Year Seminar program, which resulted in 89 percent of participating students surveyed reporting that they used the information literacy skills learned during their First-Year Seminars in other courses. "Not only is information literacy instruction a part of Dickinson's First-Year Seminar, but librarians also work to create customized and scaffolded instruction for specific courses in a variety of formats (online tutorials, in-class workshops and student consultations) leading to greater engagement and improved learning outcomes," said Marian Traynor, library user services manager at Sheridan College, and one of the Innovation Award judges.

A webinar featuring Christine Bombaro, the library's associate director for information literacy and research services, will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 2 p.m.


Published January 10, 2018