Using Student-led LibGuides to create an interdisciplinary geography environment across campus

Authors: Barbara MacLennan*, West Virginia University, Charles Hively, Fairmont State University, Coordinator of Reference and Instructional Services , Janie Leary, Fairmont State University, Erica Harvey, Fairmont State University, Professor of Chemistry
Topics: Higher Education, Education , Careers and Professional Development
Keywords: community, geography, education, libraries
Session Type: Virtual Guided Poster
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 53
Presentation File: Download



Undergraduate geography educators must regularly teach an extensive range of introductory geographic concepts to an array of disciplines and majors across the University campus. Locating common ground that meets the expectations and future professional needs of students can be challenging. This poster presents a framework for establishing a geography cohort on campus using themed LibGuides as part of a semester long project to create applied geo-literacy educational outreach, giving students a chance to collaborate on community building and service with outside organizations for a real-world purpose, creating a portfolio item for resumes, and building upon the shared knowledge of previous semester cohorts. Working with a campus library as a centralized contact, LibGuides embed collected texts, student projects, ESRI StoryMaps, and other resources in a dynamic format that can be shared with educators creating a network tool for potential geography partnerships and embedding cross-disciplinary geo-literacy. Further, LibGuide collaborations can act as prototypes for future funded projects and works.

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