Riding K-Wave: Engaging students outside the library

Submitted by Elisabeth Rodriguez on

Every semester the Estrella librarians seek to engage and reach out to students who may not be familiar with the Estrella Library. Participating in student club activities is one method to reach students and promote the Library’s resources and services. Working with the Asian Pacific Islander Club (APIC), I coordinated a social educational event that utilized my educational background in Asian Pacific American Studies and research methods. I created an interactive presentation to engage students to think critically about the food they eat using a popular culture context (K-Wave). Participants engaged in reflective thinking about prior beliefs/understanding of food origins, perceptions of Americanness, and how K-Wave as a form of popular culture has sought to promote South Korean cuisine. At the conclusion of the presentation I displayed the source list for the information resources cited and provided readers’ advisory by showing (displaying) books and DVDs from the Estrella Library collection that related to the talk. This was a successful outreach activity as it helped to connect students to a faculty librarian and the Estrella Library collection.

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Amy Weibel Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:04pm

This is a really clever way of showing students how to use a resource (library is important!!!) without forcing it in the context of academics.  I'm guessing that it encourages students to get excited about finding out about stuff - especially when it is in the context of culture and something they can relate to intimately.  

Peter Turner Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:48pm

I love the embedded questions in your presentation! Also, this is an innovative way to engage your audience with information that is motivating to them and also accomplishes another purpose. One question, though, how do you know this was successful? Student comments or some other form of feedback?

Elisabeth Rodriguez Tue, 01/31/2017 - 1:14pm

In reply to by Peter Turner

This was essentially an outreach activity. I measured success by how students used my office hours and interacted with me after the presentation. If I had to measure by the numbers, I’d say 10%* of participants from the presentation have independently used my office hours or asked for research assistance outside of the classroom for non-classroom related topics. Research questions asked by the 10% would be categorized under special interested (hobbies), Asian American Studies, and pursing a graduate degree. This 10% represents a population I would have not otherwise reached had I not engaged with them outside of the classroom. That’s why I considered this to be a successful activity.

* Note, since submitting this CATs, I have had additional student interactions that sited this activity. These interactions are not included in the current CATs. 

Olga Tsoudis Mon, 01/30/2017 - 1:52pm

Elisabeth, What a great learning experience for the students! It shows how we can continue learning during club activities for students to connect to resources on campus. Thank you for sharing! Smiles, Olga

Becky Baranowski Tue, 01/31/2017 - 8:11am

Wow!  This is a great example of making material relevant to students (contextualization).  This could have easily just been a PowerPoint with lecture, but it was meaningful and engaging for the students.  

Catherine Cochran Tue, 01/31/2017 - 8:56am

Hi Elisabeth,

This is a great method to promote student discovery and learning of new cultures.  It was a very creative method to incorporate cultural foods.  I am glad to hear that students were given a resource (the library) to continue their learning expoloration.  Great job! 

Rene Willekens Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:42am

I think this is a great activity and a great start to a more comprehensive evaluation of the activity. It appears you have some good observational data that implies a high level of interest. I look forward to your idea of surveys to really document the how students are internalizing this knowledge.

Elisabeth Rodriguez Tue, 01/31/2017 - 1:20pm

In reply to by Rene Willekens

Yes, my next student activity is for Edible Book in April. I have three questions for the exit survey:

1. What did you learn from this activity?

2. What did you like best about this activity? 

3. What (if any) changes would you make to this activity? 

If you have suggestions for other questions, please share! 

Thank you :)