OSU Libraries and Press has been selected to receive the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section Innovation Award for its Undergrad Research and Writing Studio, a dynamic and flexible space where students can develop skills in information literacy, media literacy, data literacy, and rhetoric and composition. Students who want assistance and advice about writing and doing research can drop in during open hours and get the help that they want.
“Oregon State University’s Undergrad Research and Writing Studio demonstrates an innova-tive and grounded approach to the peer education model by a meaningful collaboration between the library and Writing Center,” said award committee chair Jo Angela Oehrli of the University of Michigan. “The studio allows peers to consult one-on-one, in small group sessions, or as whole classes on topics such as information literacy, media literacy, data literacy, and rhetoric and composition. Their work is deeply grounded in pedagogical best practices and offers an exemplary model for similar programs in libraries looking to innovate and collaborate in cross-campus spaces. This program has led to an increase in students receiving help, including growth among historically marginalized populations.”
The studio, located on the main floor of the Valley Library and notable for its blue furniture, was implemented by a team of Writing Center and library faculty and opened in fall 2017.