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ALA 2012 – Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 – Addressing Global Diversity: Meeting the Needs of International Students in Academic Libraries July 11, 2012

Filed under: ALA 2012 — ellie @ 10:42 pm

Addressing Global Diversity: Meeting the Needs of International Students in Academic Libraries (ACRL)

Addressing Global Diversity Program Description International student enrollment in higher education in the United States reached an all-time high of 723,277 students in 2011. This panel presentation will provide various perspectives on meeting the unique needs of international students in academic libraries. The panelists will represent several types of institutions and will discuss ways of effectively improving programs and services, developing partnerships with other campus units, and raising staff awareness of cross-cultural issues.

Session URL: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/153 (includes downloadable versions of two of the presentations)

My notes:

Part 1: Bringing Language Learning Awareness into Library Instruction for ESL Students – Karen Bordonaro

  • Canada says English as a subsequent language (not assuming only 2)
  • Canada says mosaic rather than melting pot
  • officially has a legislative framework for multiculturalism (multiculturalism policy of canada)
  • officially a bilingual country
  • Canadians not highly visible in library world – EBSCO dropdown lets you choose an accent for reading – American, British or Australian
  • EBSCO rep said Canada wasn’t a big enough market
  • Language Learning Awareness:
    • Becoming conscious of how we use English when speaking to non-native speakers of English
    • Remembering to check for comprehension
    • Encouraging the students to use English
  • how to accomplish  (slide 8)
    • Self awareness
    • Knowledge of language learning
    • Observation
    • Comprehension checks
  • we have to remember to put ourselves in their places
  • we’re all language learners whether we consider ourselves monolingual, bi or multi
  • don’t focus on rote learning – give chance to explore
  • correcting mistakes makes people not speak next time
  • observe ESL instructors to get a feel for how they conduct class
  • employ speaking, reading, listening, writing
  • ask “does this make sense to you” rather than “do you understand”

Part 2:

  • programs for international graduate students
  • students may not have similar understanding of what a library is and how they work and won’t know terms

Part 3: Between Acceptance and Attendance – Introducing the Library to New International Students – Jannelle Ruswick

  • found that the library use didn’t match the overall student population breakdown
  • did some stats
  • asked what what was confusing
  • made general how to find books libguide
  • asked students, where would they go to find stuff. (they said services page)

Part 4:

  • proactive library outreach to international students
  • little experience with libraries in their home countries
  • outreach to them by going to their clubs

I had also been interested in seeing:

Back to Basics: Strategies & Techniques for Teaching Basic Digital Literacy to Underserved Populations

Many different underserved populations often don’t possess basic digital literacy skills necessary for 21st century work and life. How are libraries meeting those basic needs? What works and doesn’t work? How do you identify patrons in need of remedial and basic computer skills training? How should differences in population be handled (Adult basic education, ESL learners, older adults etc)? Examples of successful programs, customization to fit specific populations’ needs and funding strategies will be covered.

Session URL: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/812

And

Preparing College-Ready 21st Century Citizens with Integrated Information / Media Literacy Programs in Education

How can K-12 and academic librarians prepare learners to work successfully in information- and technology-rich environments so they will be college-ready? How can we librarians expand our focus from information literacy to incorporate all 21st Century skills that boost deep content understanding, and successfully collaborate with teachers and professors to truly integrate these skills? This program features school and academic librarians who met this challenge and succeeded in integrating information literacy into their curriculum.

Session URL: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/144

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