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U421·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: Integrating Intercultural Competencies into Engineering Information Literacy Instruction
Workshop Engineering Libraries Division (ELD)
Sun. June 23, 2024 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Portland Ballroom C, Oregon Convention Center
Session Description

Free ticketed event
As future members of a global workforce, engineering students increasingly operate in intercultural work environments, both throughout their academic studies and professional careers post-graduation. Moreover, many engineering students will need to navigate international business scenarios and may feel unprepared to maneuver the diverse cultural landscapes ahead. Intercultural competency models also offer another lens for teaching information literacy by acknowledging culture’s role and influence in how we create, gather, share, evaluate, and use information. In order to better prepare students for the increasingly globalized nature of business and engineering environments, this active-learning workshop will share practical strategies for integrating intercultural pedagogies into the information literacy classroom.

By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
• Recognize the significance of intercultural competencies in engineering education and information literacy instruction.
• Discuss and implement intercultural competence models and frameworks in lesson planning.
• Develop strategies for incorporating intercultural pedagogies into information literacy
instruction.
• Identify suitable tools and interventions in order to foster intercultural competence.
• Assess and measure learners’ progress in developing intercultural competence.

Topics covered will include:
• What is intercultural competence?
• Intercultural competence assessments
• How we built this into a business information literacy course
• How this can be applied to engineering information literacy
• Intercultural activity ideas
• Building a lesson plan that includes intercultural pedagogies

Presenter Information:
Heather A. Howard is an Associate Professor and Business Information Specialist in the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. She is the Libraries liaison for Career Services, Managerial Communications, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Consumer Sciences, Strategic Management, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Heather is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), teaching courses on Science and Technology Information and Business information for the MLS program. Before starting at Purdue in 2016, Heather worked as an Information Services liaison at Trine University where she was liaison to business, engineering, and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and a Master of Library Science from IUPUI. Her research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including workplace readiness, intercultural competencies in the information literacy classroom, and integrating technical standards into business curricula.

Zoeanna A. Mayhook is an Assistant Professor and Business Information Specialist at the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. As a library liaison, she specializes in various areas, including Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Quantitative Methods, and Supply Chain and Operations Management. Prior to joining Purdue in 2020, Professor Mayhook worked within libraries at Wabash College, the University of Washington Tacoma Library, and Gonzaga University Library, where she gained valuable experience in instruction and research strategies. Her educational background includes bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Gonzaga University, as well as a master's in library and information science from the University of Washington. Her research pursuits contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning and explore business information literacy, financial literacy, intercultural competencies, and visual literacy.

Annette Bochenek, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Business Information Specialist at the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. Her current teaching and research focus on her interest in information literacy, qualitative methods, and primary source research methods across disciplines. Additionally, she serves as a library liaison to Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Agricultural Economics, Social Entrepreneurship and Film. Her work also builds upon her former career as a public business librarian, where she coordinated financial literacy programming, including Money Smart Week, and provided financial literacy education and support among local small businesses and entrepreneurs. Her educational background includes a B.A. in English Literature and Middle/Secondary Education from Butler University; M.A. in English Literature from Loyola University of Chicago; M.S. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa; and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from Dominican University.

Moderated by
  1. Heather Howard
Speakers
  1. Heather Howard
    Purdue University Library TSS

    Heather A. Howard is an Associate Professor and Business Information Specialist in the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. She is the Libraries liaison for Career Services, Managerial Communications, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Consumer Sciences, Strategic Management, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Heather is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), teaching courses on Science and Technology Information and Business information for the MLS program. Before starting at Purdue in 2016, Heather worked as an Information Services liaison at Trine University where she was liaison to business, engineering, and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and a Master of Library Science from IUPUI. Her research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including workplace readiness, intercultural competencies in the information literacy classroom, and integrating technical standards into business curricula.

  2. Heather Howard
    Purdue University Library TSS

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