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SLA 2016

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Philadelphia, PA

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This poster will explore the idea of adapting the framework used by the National Park Service to train park rangers to develop interpretive talks to create a research project that integrates communication and business information literacy skills. The goal is for students to conduct an interpretive talk of a hospitality-related business or casino/hotel property in the same manner that a national park is the focus of traditional interpretive talks. Ideally, the assignment could be embedded into any tourism or management course and has potential implications for general business courses as well. The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has an enrollment of over 2,300 undergraduate students. Given its proximity to the Las Vegas Strip, the College has cultivated strong industry connections that are ideal partners for this project. In collaboration with a Hotel College faculty member and the Hospitality Librarian, the creation of an engaging research project for undergraduate students is plausible. Studies cite critical thinking and strong communication skills as important for successful hospitality professionals.The opportunity to help students develop these skills using a nontraditional method with feedback from professionals is beneficial because of the networking opportunities it can provide potential employers and employees. It could also become a unique method for librarians to embed library instruction in a course to impact business research and professional communication skills.


Hospitality industry--Research; Information literacy; Interpretive talk; Las Vegas Strip; Nevada--Las Vegas; Public speaking


Information Literacy | Library and Information Science


Poster presented at the Special Libraries Association 2016 Conference

Location: Philadelphia Convention Center, INFO-EXPO, Philadelphia, PA

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presented by: Business & Finance Division

Session Type: Poster Session