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Harvard University Library Notes / January 2006 / No. 1329
HCL to Pilot Expos Teaching Module
Harvard College Library (HCL) has been asked to design a teaching module that, potentially, will be included in all classes of the Expository Writing Program, known as Expos, at Harvard College.
Lynda Leahy, HCL's associate librarian for research and instruction, and Gordon Harvey, associate director of the Expository Writing Program, are coordinating a pilot program in which a task group of librarians will collaborate with Expos preceptors to create the library instruction module. Development will begin this year with the plan to teach and evaluate the pilot in the spring of 2006 and, possibly, to implement it as soon as fall 2006.
Currently, HCL provides instruction to approximately 30% of the Expository Writing Program, which is required of all first-year students. The new library instruction module will become an integral part of the Expos program.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for HCL to reach all first-year students, instruct them about library resources, and help them to develop essential research skills," said Leahy. "We realize that this is an ambitious agenda, but library participation in the entire Expos program is a very worthwhile objective."
Members of the task group, reporting to Leahy, include Barbara Burg, Widener Research Services, who will serve as coordinator; Ellie Clement, Cabot Science Reference; Meghan Dolan, Numeric Data Services; and Sue Gilroy, Lamont Reference.
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