Brief History of CSEIL

In 2001, the committee consisted of Bette Anton, Ilan Eyman (later, Beth Weil), David Farrell, Diane Fortner, Mary Ann Mahoney, Brian Quigley, and Jean McKenzie. The purpose of the Center for Science and Engineering Information Literacy (CSEIL) program:

  • To focus on library instruction and information literacy.
  • To create a portable wireless classroom.

The committee requested funding for five laptops, a projector and screen, a LAN router, and a portable cart to contain and transport the equipment. Eight laptops were added the following year.

The equipment allowed everyone to offer library instruction in classrooms where students could do hands-on computer work. It's hard to imagine now, but students were fascinated with the laptops and said it was their first time using one.

Camtasia and SnagIt software were purchased for those who wanted to develop tutorials and use better images in their handouts and guides. Later, people switched to Adobe Captivate for online tutorials.

Most importantly, CSEIL fostered collaborative work with each other, with librarians in the Teaching Library and elsewhere, and helped us develop ideas and practices of library instruction. CSEIL facilitated our participation in the Instructional Statistics Database. It raised our visibility as instruction librarians and we were well placed to participate as Faculty Partners in the Mellon Faculty Institutes on Undergraduate Research that ran from 2003/4 for 4 years.

CSEIL sponsored programs with the Teaching Library and the Graduate Student Instructor Teaching and Resource Center. CSEIL invited trainers from the National Center for Biotechnology Information to provide programs in 2004 and in 2006, which were very well attended, and in 2006 sponsored a "Training the Trainer" program by InfoPeople.

Recent programming includes providing library services in Stanley Hall in 2007/8. The last three workshops were in Fall 2008, also in Stanley Hall, on EndNote, SciFinder, and Publishing Smart.

The laptops, projectors, screens, and other equipment are still used for new student sessions and drop-in classes. In Fall 2009, the laptops were upgraded to MS Office 2007 and the latest bibliographic management software.

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