Information Literacy: The Road to Student Success

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  • Icebreakers – hand signals
  • Break into pairs – 4 min
  • Recognize: a term paper? A speech? Statistics? How many resources, the kinds? What type of source will give them the best information?
  • EVEN MORE NECESSARY TODAY DUE TO HIGH VOLUME OF INFO SOURCES – skills like knowing which source for buying a car or voting
  • Accreditation: looking for evidence of information literacy activities NOT collection, etc in libraries
  • Wikis, yahoo ask, twitter, social sites all user content
  • Search engines SELL advertising. Google’s hierarchy of links: more linked to higher in search results., also wikipedia self-promoted to the top of a search result due to inter-linking
  • Our home page include search boxes to the ProQuest database
  • handout
  • Information Literacy: The Road to Student Success

    1. 1. CYNTHIA ROBERTS KAREN QUINN-WISNIEWSKI Information Literacy: The Road to Student Success
    2. 2. What are some characteristics of an information literate student?
    3. 3. Official Definition … an intellectual framework for identifying, finding, understanding, evaluating and using information. It includes determining the nature and extent of needed information; accessing information effectively and efficiently; evaluating critically information and its sources ; incorporating selected information in the learner’s knowledge base and value system; using information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose… Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation, 2002
    4. 4. Why are we focusing so much attention on Information Literacy? <ul><li>This NOT just about technology, it’s about critical thinking and decision making. </li></ul><ul><li>They will use these skills in college and for the rest of their lives. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why are we focusing so much attention on Information Literacy? Middle States Commission on Higher Education <ul><li>Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning </li></ul><ul><li>The integration of information literacy across the curriculum to develop research and communication skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation, 2002 (italics ours) </li></ul><ul><li>Standard 11: Educational Offerings: </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration among professional library staff, faculty, and administrators in fostering information literacy and technological competency skills across the curriculum; </li></ul><ul><li>evidence of information literacy incorporated into the curriculum with syllabi, or other material appropriate to the mode of teaching and learning, describing expectations for students’ demonstration of information literacy skills; </li></ul><ul><li>assessment of information literacy outcomes , including assessment of related learner abilities; </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why is it harder than ever? <ul><li>TMI! No filter. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet: </li></ul><ul><li>growing quickly </li></ul><ul><li>easy user-generated content </li></ul><ul><li>lack of quality control </li></ul><ul><li>Google makes it simple but not accurate </li></ul>
    7. 7. Are Search Engines Enough?
    8. 8. Library Home Page
    9. 10. Information Literacy Core Competency <ul><li>First-year students should be able to </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Choose an appropriate topic for research </li></ul><ul><li>Choose appropriate keywords for searching </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the difference between magazines and journals </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and execute a Boolean search </li></ul><ul><li>Determine what kind of information is appropriate for the assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Cite the information sources in an appropriate format </li></ul><ul><li>Locate full-text information with a bibliographic citation </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate information by examining authenticity, currency, validity, and reliability </li></ul>
    10. 11. Model of Faculty/Librarian Collaboration <ul><li>Contact a CCBC librarian: to review assignments, to get a personalized tour of the Library’s web page, electronic resources, and services </li></ul><ul><li>Give students a detailed written description and spend time explaining assignment in class </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule a Library instruction session </li></ul>
    11. 12. Hands-on exercises, explore interactive information literacy sites

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