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Steely Hosts UNV 101 Week at the Library

September 28, 2022
First-year students GEARUP with information literacy during a week of events at Steely Library.
Steely student employee displaying a FUEL UP bag at the 3rd floor public services desk.
Students observing the current "Collection Spotlight" window exhibit featuring university photographs, sports programs, special events, and artifacts from the Al Murphy Vietnam Military Service Papers Special Collection as part of the UNV 101 scavenger hunt. This exhibit will be on display and open to the public at the Eva G. Farris Special Collections and Schlachter University Archives for the remainder of the fall semester. 

Over the summer, UNV 101 instructors, librarians, and peer mentors collaborated to design a unique learning experience using the university's quality enhancement plan, GEARUP. GEARUP with Information Literacy is a campus-wide initiative that aims to integrate the information literacy framework into the curriculum across campus starting in a student's first semester at NKU. GEARUP’s focus this year is around the first-year experience and expanding our collaboration and work with UNV 101. 

The collaboration kicked off in early August when Steely worked with 12 peer mentors to co-create two lesson plans designed around fact-checking information and academic integrity. These peer mentors will teach one of these lesson plans to their UNV 101 classes this fall. Following the peer mentor workshop, Steely also worked with 12 UNV 101 instructors to share lesson plans and begin to design two assignments to assess students' information literacy skills. These UNV 101 instructors joined the ranks of our GEARUP Ambassadors program and will help to share the importance of information literacy with their campus colleagues. 

In addition to the peer mentor lesson plans and instructor-designed assignments, all 25 sections of UNV 101 visited Steely Library last week to use technology and teamwork to explore and learn about library spaces and resources. Students were put into small groups and given a list of 11 tasks that got them moving around the building, interacting with departments and people, and learning about resources and services to support their success at NKU.  

"This week's orientation to Steely Library has been a great way to get first-year NKU students comfortable, and not afraid of using Steely Library resources, asking for assistance, and excited to explore the building," said UNV 101 peer-coach, Caroline Behannon. 

UNV 101 students taking a picture with Stego as one of their tasks during the scavenger hunt.
UNV 101 students taking a picture with Stego as one of their tasks during the scavenger hunt. 

At the end of each session, we asked students to submit their “aha moment.” In reviewing the over 300 responses, many students remarked on learning about a new service, resource, or department. This heightened level of awareness will hopefully foster student success during their time on campus. 

This collaboration aims to not only introduce our first-year students to Steely and information literacy but also create a learning experience where information literacy is integrated into the campus and championed by partners outside the library. By moving beyond the Steely scavenger hunt, we hope our students will gain a solid foundation for success at NKU as they dig deeper into information literacy concepts with their peer mentors and instructors.

Are you an NKU instructor interested in getting involved with GEARUP?

Visit the GEARUP page or email Andrea Brooks, GEARUP Lead Coordinator and Pedagogy and Assessment Librarian, at