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"Being Literate About Something": Discipline-Based Information Literacy In Higher Education, Jill Anderson Nov 2009

"Being Literate About Something": Discipline-Based Information Literacy In Higher Education, Jill Anderson

Jill E. Anderson

This report examines how academic librarians and theorists have discussed the issue of discipline-based information literacy instructional approaches since the publication of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education in 2000. As Kate Manuel has recently noted, the Standards balance outcomes and indicators of universal or general information-literacy skills with more discipline-specific skills. Prior to the publication of the ACRL Standards, Stephen Plum argued that disciplinary standards can provide valuable frameworks for library instruction; more recent theorists have focused attention on general skills, some arguing that discipline-based skills are the province of subject faculty, others suggesting that discipline-based ...


Making A Weak Link Stronger: Incorporating Information Literacy Into A Semester-Long Freshman Seminar, Tammy Sugarman, Anne Page Mosby Oct 2009

Making A Weak Link Stronger: Incorporating Information Literacy Into A Semester-Long Freshman Seminar, Tammy Sugarman, Anne Page Mosby

Tammy Sugarman

The freshman seminar, GSU 1010, is our campus’ response to the national trend to facilitate students’ transition from high school to college. Fall semester 2000 was the second year that Georgia State University offered new students the option of registering for a freshman seminar, and the first year that librarians participated as instructors. Our motivations for teaching this course were twofold: to move beyond the traditional “one-shot” library instruction class by teaching the same set of students for the entire semester, and to incorporate information literacy objectives into the three credit semester long course. This paper is a case study ...


Improving Medical Students’ Learning Outcomes: Teaching A Web-Assisted Elective Course For Fourth-Year Medical Students, Misa Mi, Marlene Porter, Jolene Miller, Jodi Jameson, Jerry Natal Oct 2009

Improving Medical Students’ Learning Outcomes: Teaching A Web-Assisted Elective Course For Fourth-Year Medical Students, Misa Mi, Marlene Porter, Jolene Miller, Jodi Jameson, Jerry Natal

Jolene M. Miller

Since 1997, the Mulford Health Science Library at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus (formerly the Medical College of Ohio) has been offering a 3-credit-hour elective course for 4th year medical students. The goal of the course is to provide students with skill sets that are important for them to develop as current students and future health care practitioners. It has been the goal of the library to constantly update course content that would be relevant to the students and to seek innovative course delivery methods to enhance the students’ learning experience. A continuous improvement cycle also calls for ...


Bridging The Information Gap: Partnerships For Student Learning In The Digital Age, Mary T. Moser Sep 2009

Bridging The Information Gap: Partnerships For Student Learning In The Digital Age, Mary T. Moser

Mary T. Moser

To crib a note from John Naisbitt, students today are drowning in information, but starving for knowledge.  More often than not, the students who grew up with a computer mouse in their hand struggle with identifying quality information and even with tasks that we assume would be second nature to them, such as electronic database searching that goes beyond the Google model.  Many professors bring their students to the library for “one-shot” library instruction, but all forms of assessment – two iterations of the Research Practices Survey, one-minute papers given to students at the end of library instruction classes, anecdotal evidence ...


Exploring Galileo: Search Strategies And Teaching Tips For Teachers, Sonya Shepherd Jun 2009

Exploring Galileo: Search Strategies And Teaching Tips For Teachers, Sonya Shepherd

Sonya S. Gaither

No abstract provided.


Beyond Buzz Words And Skill Sets: The Role Of Critical Thinking In Information Literacy, Anne E. Shelley May 2009

Beyond Buzz Words And Skill Sets: The Role Of Critical Thinking In Information Literacy, Anne E. Shelley

Anne Shelley

The concept of information literacy should go far beyond users’ acquisition of banked skills. The competence to execute a keyword search in a specific database, navigate a library catalog, or memorize a certain call number does not indicate users are able to think on their own feet. Users who are truly information literate have the capacities to solve problems, think independently and are able to structure their own research processes once they leave the classroom. Effective, engaging instruction is the vehicle through which users can achieve these sought-after attributes; when they are interacting with information and confronted with options, such ...


Teaching Information Literacy With Authentic Problems: Creating And Using An Online Module, Heather Leary, Wendy Holliday, Anne R. Diekema May 2009

Teaching Information Literacy With Authentic Problems: Creating And Using An Online Module, Heather Leary, Wendy Holliday, Anne R. Diekema

Heather Leary, Ph.D.

The American Library Association defines information literacy as a “set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.” Students in an academic setting need to learn how to learn about all kinds of information. Committed to finding innovative ways to teach students information literacy skills, Utah State University’s Library Instruction Program created a free online course to teach these skills. This presentation will explain the course, why and how it was created, the problem based approach using authentic scenarios, the value it adds to library instruction, and how it can be integrated into a curriculum.


Engaging That Other Audience: Encouraging Faculty Involvement In Information Literacy Using New Technology, Jennifer Kelley Apr 2009

Engaging That Other Audience: Encouraging Faculty Involvement In Information Literacy Using New Technology, Jennifer Kelley

Jennifer Kelley

Literature on the subject shows that information literacy programs truly thrive when they receive support and involvement from teaching faculty. While efforts to integrate information literacy instruction into the curriculum and collaborating with faculty are not new, many of the opportunities and tools for doing so are. Whether you have full-support from all faculty (lucky you!) or varying levels of involvement from isolated departments or instructors here and there, we all have access to the tools we need to spark interest, take conversations to the next level, engage individuals, and create collaborative environments for designing information literacy sessions and programs.


Skills Needed For College Success, Sandra Shopshire, Rick A. Stoddart, Sara Seeley, Chareen Snelson Mar 2009

Skills Needed For College Success, Sandra Shopshire, Rick A. Stoddart, Sara Seeley, Chareen Snelson

Rick A Stoddart

A presentation on critical skills students will need to succeed in college in the 21st century.


Pedagogical Design For An Online Information Literacy Course: College Students' Learning Experience With Multi-Modal Objects, Hsin-Liang Chen, J. Patrick Williams Feb 2009

Pedagogical Design For An Online Information Literacy Course: College Students' Learning Experience With Multi-Modal Objects, Hsin-Liang Chen, J. Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams

This project is an exploratory study on the use of multi-modal objects in an online information literacy course. This paper reports on the second phase of the project, which focused on students’ learning experience within five course modules employing different multi-modal media objects for instruction. Seven online surveys were conducted at the beginning of the course, immediately after each of the webcast discussion sessions accompanying each course module, and at the end of the course. The findings show significant relationships among computer skills, online teaching materials, use of communication tools, learning experience, and satisfaction with the course


Analysis Of Japanese Undergraduate Students’ Information Behavior During Academic Tasks In A Canadian University, Yusuke Fitzgibbons, J Bartlett Dec 2008

Analysis Of Japanese Undergraduate Students’ Information Behavior During Academic Tasks In A Canadian University, Yusuke Fitzgibbons, J Bartlett

Yusuke Fitzgibbons (Ishimura)

No abstract provided.


Information Literacy Courses In Lis Schools: Emerging Perspectives For Future Education, Yusuke Fitzgibbons (Ishimura), J Bartlett Dec 2008

Information Literacy Courses In Lis Schools: Emerging Perspectives For Future Education, Yusuke Fitzgibbons (Ishimura), J Bartlett

Yusuke Fitzgibbons (Ishimura)

No abstract provided.


Use Of Multi-Modal Media And Tools In An Online Information Literacy Course: College Students' Attitudes And Perceptions, Hsin-Liang Chen, J. P. Williams Dec 2008

Use Of Multi-Modal Media And Tools In An Online Information Literacy Course: College Students' Attitudes And Perceptions, Hsin-Liang Chen, J. P. Williams

Patrick Williams

This project studies the use of multi-modal media objects in an online information literacy class. One hundred sixty-two undergraduate students answered seven surveys. Significant relationships are found among computer skills, teaching materials, communication tools and learning experience. Multi-modal media objects and communication tools are needed to strengthen course interactions and student engagement.


Information Literacy: The Missing Link In Early Childhood Education, Kelly Heider Dec 2008

Information Literacy: The Missing Link In Early Childhood Education, Kelly Heider

Kelly Heider

The rapid growth of information over the last thirty or forty years has made it impossible for educators to prepare students for the future without teaching them how to be effective information managers. The American Library Association refers to those students who manage information effectively as information literate. Information literacy instruction has been a priority in many secondary schools since the American Association of School Libraries published the Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning in 1998. Although these standards were written for grades K-12, information literacy is still not the focus in many early childhood classrooms. This article discusses the ...