Making a Good Thing Better: Increasing Demand for 1-on-1 Information Literacy Instruction at Grinnell College

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Learn why Grinnell College Libraries enjoyed a 60% increase in the number of Library Labs, our customized research appointments, during fall 2011. Research consultations are well established instructional options in many academic libraries and have been offered at Grinnell for nearly 20 years. In this poster session, we will show how we promote, conduct, and assess our one-on-one information literacy sessions on topics such as analysis of the Occupy Movement’s protest signs, Aztec blood symbolism, and gender equity indices. We’ll also illustrate the positive connection between Library Labs and our classroom instruction as well as plans for expanding this successful one-on-one instruction option beyond the reference desk—to librarians’ offices, special collections, and academic support centers across campus—while maintaining its effectiveness.