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Presentation done by Summer Krstevska for the BRASS Online Symposium 2019

Presentation Abstract + Outcomes


This presentation will present the results of a collaboration between an academic business librarian and a faculty member to provide adult students an alternative to textbooks in an online, undergraduate entrepreneurship program. Instead of a traditional textbook, students were given prompts to search the library’s e-resources. The benefits of this practice were threefold: it eliminated the textbook costs for students, provided an opportunity to develop information literacy skills, and allowed for active involvement in assignment-design and student engagement for the embedded librarian. Beginning as a pilot project in July 2017, the project was implemented in January 2018 and has been ongoing.

Constructivist learning theory and peer-to-peer learning principles guide this project. These theories are seen through the students’ self-discovery and choice of library resources, and in the prompted discussion and evaluation of the discovered sources. The Association for College Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Framework was also utilized during activity design, to develop students’ search and critical thinking skills.

Having the students use online library databases to access and search for their resources that act as an alternative to texts provides students with current information that can be limited and guided by the professor but also tailored to their specific interests and projects. This process also encourages stronger information literacy and critical thinking skills that will be utilized in future courses and throughout their entire program.

Session outcomes:

  • Attendees will learn a strategy to teach business information literacy online in collaboration with a faculty member
  • Attendees will learn a way to use business information e-resources as an alternative to expensive textbooks
  • Attendees will learn an active strategy to engage with students throughout the entirety of the course as an embedded online business librarian

Presentation Resources


  • Zucca, G., Krstevska, S. (2018). The Future of Online Course Readings: Using Library Resources as an Alternative to Textbooks. EDULEARN19 Proceedings, 7933-7939. DOI: 10.21125/edulearn.2019.1844
  • Krstevska, S. (2018). The Future of Entrepreneurship Course Readings: Library Resources as an Alternative to a Textbook. Academic BRASS,13(1). 

Student Feedback from initial project round 1

Suggested Reading

Atwong, C., Heichman Taylor, L. (2008). Integrating Information Literacy into Business Education: A Successful Case of Faculty-Librarian Collaboration. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship. 13(4), 433-449. doi: 10.1080/08963560802202227


Chandler, J., Teckchandani, A. (2015). Using Social Constructivist Pedagogy to Implement Liberal Learning in Business Education. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. 12(3), 327-348. doi: 10.1111/dsji.12073


Gurung, R. R., & Martin, R. C. (2011). Predicting Textbook Reading: The Textbook Assessment and Usage Scale. Teaching Of Psychology, 38(1), 22-28. 


Huang, H. (2002). Toward constructivism for adult learners in online learning environments. British Journal of Educational Technology. 33(1), 27-27. 


McDowell, L. (2002). Electronic Information Resources in Undergraduate Education: An Exploratory Study of Opportunities for Student Learning and Independence. British Journal Of Educational Technology, 33(3), 255-66. 


Ruey, S. (2010). A case study of constructivist instructional strategies for adult online learning. British Journal of Educational Technology. 41(5), 706-720. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00965.x


Salisbury, F., Karasmanis, S., Robertson, T., Corbin, J., Hulett, H. (2012). Transforming information literacy conversations to enhance student learning: new curriculum dialogues. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice. 9(3), 1-14. 


Stern, D., (2017). Textbook alternatives: Less expensive for students with possibilities for greatly enhanced pedagogy. College & Research Libraries News, 78(7), 378-384. 


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Summer Krstevska
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