• American Literature from 1820 to 1900: Print Cultures

    Larry Eames, Lesley Ginsberg
    American literature, Nineteenth century, Twentieth century, Twenty-first century, Information literacy, Printing--Social aspects
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    ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, American literature after 1800, Collaboration, Print culture
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    Traditional college textbooks reprint literary works removed from the print cultures in which they appeared. But this class featured works of nineteenth-century American literature as they were originally published through a variety of databases such as the American Periodicals Series (APS; accessed through UCCS’s Kraemer Family Library) as well as Open Educational Resources (OERs) such as Google Books. The course was scaffolded to immerse students in the process of information creation in nineteenth-century periodicals and twenty-first-century scholarship. The information creation process and the construction of authority in nineteenth-century print cultures motivated the emphasis on full-page scans of primary sources over modern reprints. Early in the class, students engaged with library resources in a synchronous workshop to identify appropriate search tools for their needs and deepen their understanding of information organization in the tools they would use that semester. This disposition of “Searching as Strategic Exploration” fed into early discussion boards and presentations. These were also the beginning of students contributing to the scholarly conversation through their coursework. As the semester progressed, they engaged the knowledge practices of “research as inquiry” and understood that “information has value” to identify primary sources in the public domain and proprietary databases and to synthesize ideas from these and secondary sources to generate a final research paper.
    Recipient of the MLA-EBSCO Collaboration for Information Literacy Prize, given for coursework developed in collaboration between department faculty members and academic librarians in literature, language, or related disciplines. The award recognizes successful integration of the disciplinary objectives of the course with learning objectives in information literacy.
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