The book provides a comprehensive review of lifelong learning, information literacy and internships including assessment techniques for lifelong learning, teamwork and information literacy as defined by the ABET criteria. It also discusses critical thinking skills for scientists and engineers and their role in lifelong learning in the information age.

It will be invaluable for:

  • Engineering educators including librarians interested in developing programs to satisfy the ABET criteria for lifelong learning and teamwork.
  • Engineering librarians developing programs and assessment tools for information literacy using online databases and the Internet.
  • Engineering educators and career advisors interested in developing internship programs in engineering. An internship is defined as work performed in an industrial setting that provides practical experience and adds value to the classroom and research learning processes. This book will cover all aspects involved in administering internship and cooperative education programs.
  • Employers of interns will find useful information on needs assessment, program development, evaluation and the importance of lifelong learning; and,
  • Science and engineering educators interested in developing critical thinking skills in their students as an aid to developing lifelong learning skills especially given the challenges in the digital age.

Key Features

  • Provides information on how to develop programs and assessment tools for information literacy
  • Describes how to set up an internship program
  • Develops critical thinking skills


Universities – faculty, students, librarians, career counselors; engineers and scientists; industrial executives and consulting firms; executive search firms

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Definitions of Lifelong Learning and How They Relate to the Engineering Profession

International Organizations

3. Accreditation of Engineering Programs and Their Relationship to Lifelong Learning

Accreditation of Engineering Programs in the United States


ABET Program Outcomes

ABET Criteria 3i

Mastering the Techniques of Lifelong Learning

Awareness of Lifelong Learning

4. Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning

Comparison of ACRL and ABET Standards

5. Creativity in Engineering, Information Literacy, and Communication Patterns of Engineering

Nature of Engineering

The Design Process

Communication and Information-Seeking Habits of Engineers

6. Designing Information Literacy Assignments


The Academic Librarian’s Instructional Environment

Curriculum Mapping

Examples of IL Programs in Engineering (a Literature Review)

Problem-Based Learning and IL

Engineering Information Resources

Choosing Term Paper Topics

IL in Design Projects

Freshmen Design Projects

IL and Capstone Design



7. Information Literacy and Assessment


Evaluation of Bibliographies/Citations

Assessing the Citations

Research Logs



8. Internships

Cooperative Education


History of Cooperative Education

Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Practice

Bureaucratic Aspects of the Internship Program Office at the Educational Institution

9. Learning Contract

Internship Learning Contract

Other Issues Related to the Internship Learning Contract

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3

Appendix 4

Appendix 5

Appendix 6

10. Evaluation of Int


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About the authors

Ashok Naimpally

Affiliations and Expertise

Fresno City College, Fresno, CA, USA

Hema Ramachandran

Affiliations and Expertise

CSULB, Long Beach, CA, USA

Caroline Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

UNLV Libraries, Las Vegas, NV, USA


Best Publication Award 2013, Engineering Libraries Division, American Society for Engineering Education