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SCIL Works 2019
Instruction RX: Prescriptions for Helping Students Overcome Library Anxiety
This annual mini-conference offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices,
innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. SCIL Works 2019 will focus on the many
ways in which instruction librarians help students from a variety of backgrounds overcome library
Friday, February 8, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
California State University, Dominguez Hills
University Library, 5th Floor South
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
Directions to CSUDH
CARL Members $30 | Non-Members $45 | Students $15
Non-members, did you know that it's only $40 to join CARL? SCIL and other CARL interest groups provide great programming
and opportunities to work with your fellow librarians.
Parking and Food
Parking on campus is $8, at the parking kiosk. The recommended parking lot is Lot 6 or 7.
Breakfast is provided, lunch is on your own, but the planning committee will provide some local
recommendations so you can continue networking.
CARL is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities at all CARL-
sponsored events. Please indicate your special needs or dietary requirements when registering or
RSVPing to events. Requests for special accommodations must be received at least two weeks prior to
About SCIL Works 2019
The term library anxiety was coined in a 1986 study by CA Mellon, in a qualitative study where
over 6000 described their feelings of approaching library research as a fear or phobia, closely tied
to the feelings expressed when working on math or tests. Students new to library research seldom
describe their problems with library research in terms of search problems, but rather a sense of
unease around their skills compared to their peers, the pressure to hide that believed inadequacy
and the belief that asking questions would reveal how little they knew about library research
(Mellon, 1986). In our current age, we have similar problems with library anxiety.
Many students are reluctant to approach the reference desk, unsure of what to ask or if we could
help them, so for most students, their only encounter with a librarian is during instruction.
In most of our encounters with students, a secondary, affective student learning outcome is that the
student comes away from the encounter knowing that there is help available to them in the library.
This conference will focus on how libraries help students overcome library anxiety when it comes to
their research endeavors.