Getting our foot (back) in the door: Reestablishing a freshman instruction program

Janet DeForest, Rachel Fleming May, Brett Spencer

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In 1999, librarians at the University of Alabama (UA) developed a program to reintroduce library instruction into the English Department’s mandatory Freshman Composition Program.This article discusses the development, execution, outcome, and assessment of the program and includes tips for developing a similar program.Through negotiation and open discussion with the Director of Freshman English, the library successfully convinced the Director to allow a program of instruction back into the English 101 program.Library instruction sessions were paired with one of the essays/assignments common to all English 101 classes.A survey conducted to assess the library’s efforts concluded that the instruction had a positive effect on students’ understanding of library resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-167
Number of pages17
JournalReference Librarian
Issue number85
StatePublished - Jun 30 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences


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