Lifelong Learning for Engineers and Scientists in the Information Age

Lifelong Learning for Engineers and Scientists in the Information Age

1st Edition - December 6, 2011

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  • Authors: Ashok Naimpally, Hema Ramachandran, Caroline Smith
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123852151
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123852144

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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

  • Acknowledgments

    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 Internships

    11. Information Literacy and Career Skills


    Collaboration Between Career Counselors and Librarians

    Locating Internships

    Finding Background Information on Companies

    Internet Versus Library Databases

    The CSULB Model: Job Seeking in Economically Hard Times

    Assignment Combining Career and Library Skills

    Sustaining the Collaboration

    12. Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 102
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2011
  • Published: December 6, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123852151
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123852144

About the Authors

Ashok Naimpally

Affiliations and Expertise

Fresno City College, Fresno, CA, USA

Hema Ramachandran

Hema Ramachandran

Affiliations and Expertise

CSULB, Long Beach, CA, USA

Caroline Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

UNLV Libraries, Las Vegas, NV, USA

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