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SCIL Works 2019

Instruction RX: Prescriptions for Helping Students Overcome Library Anxiety

Friday, February 8, 2019, 10am-1pm
California State University Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)

Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) will be hosting SCIL Works on Friday, February 8, 2019. 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 anxiety.

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.

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The Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL -- pronounced "skill") interest group is dedicated to providing professional development and discussion opportunities focused on information literacy and instruction-related activities for library professionals from all types of institutions.

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