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Information Literacy Seminar: May 21-23, 2007

February 1, 2007

There’s been a lot of talk about Information Literacy, but is it all Greek to you? How does it fit into Gen Ed and the Disciplines? Whose responsibility is it, anyway?

The Association of College and Research Libraries created standards and guidelines for information literacy in higher education (see above, translated into Greek). They’re not the only ones. Other professional, scholarly and accrediting associations with information literacy standards include:

  • American Chemical Society
  • National Council for Teachers of English
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Nurses Association
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
  • American Psychological Association
  • and all of the regional accrediting associations, except for the North Central Association (that doesn’t let us off the hook)

The library is hosting a seminar on information literacy, from 9:00 to noon, May 21-23. We hope to have a lively mix of people from a variety disciplines since the information needs, sources, and issues differ so widely from one to another.

By noon on Wednesday, we anticipate that each participant will be well on their way to developing some ways to integrate one or more aspects of information literacy into a program, class or assignment; helping students become more savvy about finding and selecting information and data; requiring them to use it in ways that are consonant with academic conventions and legal and ethical considerations.

The resulting activities are likely to involve the library staff directly or as resources or just cheerleaders. During the fall semester, we will continue to meet with participants to further the dialogue and provide mutual support.

For more information about the seminar please contact Library Director Kay Bradt (x 390).

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