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ACRL ULS PDC: The Flywheel Effect: Bridging the Gap for First-year Students in a Virtual World
As instruction librarians we may assume that students enter college with certain prerequisite skills to start them on the path to success. While some students may be prepared, others have lacked the opportunity to develop essential critical thinking skills needed to navigate their coursework and research assignments efficiently. As liaison librarians, we can think more like skill-building coaches who spot the challenges with regard to learning achievement gaps and recognize that information literacy can adequately fill those gaps. The Flywheel strategy, https://www.jimcollins.com/concepts/the-flywheel.html, is a business concept developed by Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great. An analogy of a flywheel is used to illustrate that successful outcomes can be achieved through deliberate, strategic intent combined with small, repetitive steps by everyone involved. Librarians can implement this strategy to link learners with skill-building resources that impact their lived experiences beyond the classroom via information literacy instruction.

Kay Coates
Research Services Librarian
Georgia Southern University

Vivian Bynoe
Head of Reference & Instruction
The Armstrong Campus
Georgia Southern University

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May 11, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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