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BI for foreign students

To the Editor:

I have been a librarian in Kenya for more than 20 years and so have become very interested in teaching library skills to African students. My Ph.D. research at Florida State University’s School of Library and Information Studies was in the area of bibliographic instruction in Africa.

The article by Wendy Moorhead at Roosevelt University (C&RL News, October 1986, pp. 585-87) supports the findings of my research: 1) the lecture method is not effective for many Third World students; 2) cooperation, rather than competition, promotes learning; 3) students learn from working in small groups; 4) the librarian should be nearby for consultation; 5) hands-on experience is essential.

Although my research was conducted to determine better BI methods for use here, I believe that the findings above and others in the study are important for BI librarians dealing with international students at American colleges and universities.— Dorothy N. Bowen, Library Director, Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology. ■ ■

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