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Writing Across the Curriculum

Writing Across the Curriculum

Information Literacy:
Preparing Students for Research

Tuesday, October 3, 2006
1-3pm, LLC 515

To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed, and then be able to find, evaluate, and use it effectively.  These skills are important to life-long learning and essential to academic writing.  To design source-based assignments appropriate to students’ research skills and specific to the library’s resources, faculty can benefit from working with librarians first to assess students’ level of information literacy. This workshop will bring together librarians and faculty to discuss how they can collaborate on assessing student research skills, and to explore other opportunities for faculty/librarian partnerships.

Introduction and Welcome - Dr. William Burgos, WAC Director
  Article – Information Literacy and Writing Across the Curriculum: Sharing the Vision

What is Information Literacy?  Why is it important? - Jane Suda


Handout - The 5 ACRL Standards
Handout (Article) - The Myth about Student Competency
General vs. Subject Specific Information Literacy Competencies


Preparing Your Students / Preparing Yourself # 1 = Goals & Needs – Betsy Crenshaw     

  1. What are the learning objectives of your course?
  2. What are the primary information needs and sources for the major/degree/field?
  3. How can you link those information needs and sources to the course learning objectives?
  4. Does the LIU library provide access to those sources? (Can it satisfy those needs?)
  5. What prior information/research skills do you expect your students to have?
Exercise / Discussion

Use the questions above to map the links between course goals, learning objectives, information literacy, and library resources.

Preparing Your Students / Preparing Yourself # 2 = Assessment – Jane Suda

Pre-Assessment – Do your students have the pre-requisite information literacy skills?
Post-Assessment – Have your students’ skills improved?  If so, how have they improved?Handout – Sample assessment tools

Exercise / Discussion

  Developing course specific information literacy assessment tools

Addressing Information Literacy Gaps - What Can the Library Do For You? – Betsy Crenshaw


Handout – Library Resources
Handout – Library Liaisons


Conclusion – William Burgos

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