The SXU Library and Information Literacy Professional Development Day 2008
Purpose of the Session <ul><li>Provide faculty with an overview of the information-literacy skills of SXU students </li></...
What is Information Literacy? <ul><li>The ability to find, evaluate, and use information </li></ul><ul><li>It is NOT compu...
If SXU students were information literate they could… <ul><li>Understand the scholarly, peer-reviewed process </li></ul><u...
What is the current state of information literacy?
ICT <ul><li>ETS offered Information and Communication Technology exam beginning in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Library funded t...
Seven ICT Proficiencies <ul><li>Define:  The ability to use ICT tools to identify and appropriately represent an informati...
What the ICT does <ul><li>Compares results from SXU students with those of peer nationwide </li></ul><ul><li>Is not a comp...
ICT Results <ul><li>SXU students performed well below the national average in three categories; just met average in the ot...
Observations from the Library <ul><li>Limited awareness of the scholarly, peer-review process  </li></ul><ul><li>Perceived...
Common Instructional Problems
<ul><li>We learned in an age of limited information  </li></ul><ul><li>Students have access to levels of information beyon...
Common Problems… <ul><li>Library assignments often don’t have a clear learning objective </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student...
Suggestions for Improving Information Literacy
<ul><li>Make sure your students understand why the scholarly, peer-review research process is important </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Updated Library Assignments <ul><li>Make sure your Library assignments are up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>Almost all informa...
Tell Students Where to Look for Their Information <ul><li>Specify what resource they should use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whic...
Specify What You Want <ul><li>Publication type  (book, journal, newspaper, trade publication, facebook, ERIC digest, actio...
Have Students Locate Journals <ul><li>Use the  A-Z List of Journals  (Serials Solutions) to find: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wh...
Suggestions for Freshmen and Sophomores <ul><li>Focus on  Academic Search Premier  or  Opposing Viewpoints  databases </li...
Opposing Viewpoints <ul><li>Excellent tool for freshmen and sophomores researching popular topics </li></ul><ul><li>Includ...
Example of a More Advanced Project… <ul><li>In  Communication & Mass Media Complete  find: </li></ul><ul><li>the effect of...
A Nursing Example… <ul><li>Use  CINAHL  to find: </li></ul><ul><li>Diabetes management plan for children 6-12 years old </...
An Education Example… <ul><li>Use  ERIC  and  Professional Development Collection  to find: </li></ul><ul><li>A poll for s...
A Business Example… <ul><li>Use the  Mergent Online  database to find: </li></ul><ul><li>four suppliers on four continents...
Library is Here to Help
<ul><li>Online, interactive tutorials for many of our resources are under development </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians can rev...
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The sxu library and information literacy

  1. 1. The SXU Library and Information Literacy Professional Development Day 2008
  2. 2. Purpose of the Session <ul><li>Provide faculty with an overview of the information-literacy skills of SXU students </li></ul><ul><li>Review common information-literacy problems </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest improvements to assignments to raise information-literacy skills </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Information Literacy? <ul><li>The ability to find, evaluate, and use information </li></ul><ul><li>It is NOT computer literacy </li></ul><ul><li>It is NOT media dependent </li></ul>
  4. 4. If SXU students were information literate they could… <ul><li>Understand the scholarly, peer-reviewed process </li></ul><ul><li>Find and use resources appropriate for their classroom assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct all their academic research without using Google or Wikipedia </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is the current state of information literacy?
  6. 6. ICT <ul><li>ETS offered Information and Communication Technology exam beginning in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Library funded the exam the first two years </li></ul><ul><li>Now called ISkills, and supported by SXU </li></ul>
  7. 7. Seven ICT Proficiencies <ul><li>Define: The ability to use ICT tools to identify and appropriately represent an information need. </li></ul><ul><li>Access: The ability to collect and/or retrieve information. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage: The ability to apply an existing organizational or classification scheme. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate: The ability to interpret and represent information. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate: The ability to determine the degree to which information satisfies the needs of the task in ICT environments. </li></ul><ul><li>Create: The ability to generate information by adapting, applying, designing or inventing information in ICT environments. </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate: The ability to communicate information properly in its context of use for ICT environments. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What the ICT does <ul><li>Compares results from SXU students with those of peer nationwide </li></ul><ul><li>Is not a computer-skills test </li></ul>
  9. 9. ICT Results <ul><li>SXU students performed well below the national average in three categories; just met average in the other categories </li></ul>
  10. 10. Observations from the Library <ul><li>Limited awareness of the scholarly, peer-review process </li></ul><ul><li>Perceived research skills exceed actual capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Students, at all levels, have difficulties finding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>books through the catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>journals, whether in print or online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the appropriate database to use </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Common Instructional Problems
  12. 12. <ul><li>We learned in an age of limited information </li></ul><ul><li>Students have access to levels of information beyond anything we could dream of in graduate school </li></ul><ul><li>SXU Library now has information resources impossible to obtain just a few years ago </li></ul>
  13. 13. Common Problems… <ul><li>Library assignments often don’t have a clear learning objective </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students don’t know why the assignment is made </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Assignments don’t match the research skills of the students </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments are often too esoteric or too complex, especially for freshmen and sophomores </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Suggestions for Improving Information Literacy
  15. 15. <ul><li>Make sure your students understand why the scholarly, peer-review research process is important </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Library has a webpage on it) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make clear the learning objective </li></ul>
  16. 16. Updated Library Assignments <ul><li>Make sure your Library assignments are up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>Almost all information resources and interfaces have changed in just two years </li></ul>
  17. 17. Tell Students Where to Look for Their Information <ul><li>Specify what resource they should use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which Library database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the catalog to locate books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Recent Additions links </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Specify What You Want <ul><li>Publication type (book, journal, newspaper, trade publication, facebook, ERIC digest, action research report, video, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Type of document (article, case study, editorial, product review, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Age or publication date of the document </li></ul>
  19. 19. Have Students Locate Journals <ul><li>Use the A-Z List of Journals (Serials Solutions) to find: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whether the Library has a journal in electronic or print form, and dates of coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To find the journals in a subject area </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Suggestions for Freshmen and Sophomores <ul><li>Focus on Academic Search Premier or Opposing Viewpoints databases </li></ul><ul><li>Use full-text only: Library has access to over 25,000 full-text journals </li></ul><ul><li>No inter-library loans needed </li></ul><ul><li>No scavenger hunts </li></ul>
  21. 21. Opposing Viewpoints <ul><li>Excellent tool for freshmen and sophomores researching popular topics </li></ul><ul><li>Includes scholarly and popular press articles, statistics, multimedia, pro and con articles </li></ul>
  22. 22. Example of a More Advanced Project… <ul><li>In Communication & Mass Media Complete find: </li></ul><ul><li>the effect of group decision making on employee productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Two full-text articles each from academic journals, trade publications, and conference proceedings </li></ul><ul><li>No older than February 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Can be in either HTML or PDF </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliography must be MLA </li></ul><ul><li>Provide persistent link to each item </li></ul>
  23. 23. A Nursing Example… <ul><li>Use CINAHL to find: </li></ul><ul><li>Diabetes management plan for children 6-12 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Double blind peer reviewed case study </li></ul><ul><li>Published since January 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>HTML or PDF full text </li></ul><ul><li>Provide persistent link or Document Object Identifier (DOI) </li></ul>
  24. 24. An Education Example… <ul><li>Use ERIC and Professional Development Collection to find: </li></ul><ul><li>A poll for school administrators and teachers to use to assess student experiences with cyberbullying </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of school responses to incidents </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Mediation model to resolve conflicts </li></ul>
  25. 25. A Business Example… <ul><li>Use the Mergent Online database to find: </li></ul><ul><li>four suppliers on four continents with a primary NAICS code of 336330 </li></ul><ul><li>4 th quarter retained earnings from 2003-2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Standardize results in euros </li></ul><ul><li>Scale in thousands of euros </li></ul><ul><li>Export list to an excel spreadsheet </li></ul>
  26. 26. Library is Here to Help
  27. 27. <ul><li>Online, interactive tutorials for many of our resources are under development </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians can review Library assignments with the faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Lab instruction by librarians helpful when the assignment is beginning </li></ul>

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