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Information literacy, Library catalog, active learning, portable instruction


Serendipitously, but certainly deriving from knowledge of the benefits of student interaction in learning, the design of classroom spaces where many of the library instruction sessions for core undergraduate classes are now taught are in a new building which supports active learning practices. Champions Hall, which opened in the fall 2015 semester, features classrooms with round tables that seat four to five students and are perfect for accommodating the Library Rally (which requires paired students to work with one device). In describing how teaching in a classroom with round tables changes the classroom and students’ dynamic, one of the Composition instructors, Julia Paganelli, found only advantages: “"After conducting a few classes, I realized what an asset the tables are to my students' learning. My students are able to conduct small discussions and then bring their thoughts, as a team, to the rest of the class. It allows all my students to be heard instead of a select few." (Gibeault 2015b).


Presented at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) 2016 Annual Conference.