Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Social and Behavioral Sciences Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

2011

Series

Information Literacy

Institution
Keyword
Publication

Articles 1 - 30 of 42

Full-Text Articles in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Review Of Patchwork Nation, From The Jefferson Institute, Rebecca Tolley Nov 2011

Review Of Patchwork Nation, From The Jefferson Institute, Rebecca Tolley

ETSU Faculty Works

Review of Patchwork Nation.Jefferson Institute. 2011.


Continual Evolution: The Experience Over Three Semesters Of A Librarian Embedded In An Online Evidence-Based Medicine Course For Physician Assistant Students, Shannon Kealey Oct 2011

Continual Evolution: The Experience Over Three Semesters Of A Librarian Embedded In An Online Evidence-Based Medicine Course For Physician Assistant Students, Shannon Kealey

Staff publications, research, and presentations

This column examines the experience, over three years, of a librarian embedded in an online Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine course, which is a requirement for students pursing a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Pace University. Student learning outcomes were determined, a video lecture was created, and student learning was assessed via a five-point test during year one. For years two and three, the course instructor asked the librarian to be responsible for two weeks of the course instruction and a total of 15 out of 100 possible points for the course. This gave the librarian flexibility to ...


Visualizing History: Using Museum Skills To Teach Information Literacy To Undergraduates, Sandra Roff Oct 2011

Visualizing History: Using Museum Skills To Teach Information Literacy To Undergraduates, Sandra Roff

Publications and Research

Baruch College began an information studies minor that reinforces the principles of information literacy. However, it did not employ the visual to teach information literacy skills. To fill this gap, a new course, using the process of researching and preparing an exhibit script to teach undergraduates information literacy skills, was developed. In this course students have the opportunity to become creative, while at the same time learning the organizational and research skills needed to compose exhibit proposals, write labels and press releases and finally to produce exhibit script.


The Impact Of Instruction In The Wwwdot Framework On Students’ Disposition And Ability To Evaluate Web Sites As Sources Of Information, Shenglan Zhang Sep 2011

The Impact Of Instruction In The Wwwdot Framework On Students’ Disposition And Ability To Evaluate Web Sites As Sources Of Information, Shenglan Zhang

World Languages and Cultures Publications

Much research has demonstrated that students are largely uncritical users of Web sites as sources of information. Research-tested frameworks are needed to increase elementary-age students’ awareness of the need and ability to critically evaluate Web sites as sources of information. This study is a randomized field trial of such a framework called WWWDOT. A matched-pair design involving 12 grade 4 and 5 classes was adopted. Data were collected through 3 assessments administered before and after the intervention: a questionnaire, a Single Web Site Evaluation Task, and a Web Site Ranking Task. ANCOVA and ordinal regression analyses reveal that students taught ...


Cognitive Interviewing Using A Carl Grant: Keeping Research Valid On A Budget, Francis E. Howard, Tina Peterson, Tom Hewitt Sep 2011

Cognitive Interviewing Using A Carl Grant: Keeping Research Valid On A Budget, Francis E. Howard, Tina Peterson, Tom Hewitt

Faculty and Staff Publications

No abstract provided.


Pirates And Librarians: Big Media, Technology And The Role Of Liberal Education, D. Aram Donabedian, John Carey Sep 2011

Pirates And Librarians: Big Media, Technology And The Role Of Liberal Education, D. Aram Donabedian, John Carey

Publications and Research

The widespread appearance of computers in libraries during the early 1990s elicited a debate among those who welcomed new technologies and those who perceived such changes as a threat to the traditional role of academic libraries and the values of liberal education. At the same time, increasing consolidation of major media channels—including sources of scholarly communication—has allowed a small number of corporations to control distribution and access to the materials libraries offer, through tools such as licensing fees, copyright restrictions, and digital rights management. In response to these barriers, librarians and educators have embraced open access publishing and ...


The Impact Of Computer Literacy And Library Anxiety On Students' Library Experience, Terry Dwain Robertson, Lauren Matacio Jul 2011

The Impact Of Computer Literacy And Library Anxiety On Students' Library Experience, Terry Dwain Robertson, Lauren Matacio

Faculty Publications

Despite growing up with technology, are college freshmen well prepared for library research, or does their computer savvy actually put them at a disadvantage? Do other factors such as library anxiety affect students’ research experience? How can secondary educators better prepare their students for the leap from a small school library to a large college or university library? How can college librarians make new students’ first library experience a positive one? These questions are addressed in this article.


Review Of Science For Science Librarians: Graphene, Kathleen A. Lehman Jun 2011

Review Of Science For Science Librarians: Graphene, Kathleen A. Lehman

University Libraries Faculty Publications and Presentations

Graphene is, in many ways, a simple substance. Made of a single atomic layer of graphite, graphene has emerged as a material providing many surprises and having immense scientific and industrial potential. In 2010, scientists Andre K. Geim and Konstantin S. Novoselov received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their isolation of graphene and for their research pertaining to the ultrathin material. In his presentation speech, Professor Per Delsing described how we all have made graphene each time we write with a pencil: microscopic bits of graphite and graphene flake away as the pencil moves across the paper (Delsing 2010 ...


Trading Places: Empowering Users Through The Cephalonian Orientation Method, Amanda Izenstark, Mary C. Macdonald Jun 2011

Trading Places: Empowering Users Through The Cephalonian Orientation Method, Amanda Izenstark, Mary C. Macdonald

Public Services Faculty Presentations

Slides from an electronic poster session at the 2011 Rhode Island Library Association Conference, held at Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.

The slides provide an introduction to the Cephalonian Method and how it was adapted to provide an introduction to the University Libraries for first year students and other audiences.


Easy Technology Tools For Engaging First Year Students In Information Literacy, Bernetta Doane, Rosaline Y. Odom Jun 2011

Easy Technology Tools For Engaging First Year Students In Information Literacy, Bernetta Doane, Rosaline Y. Odom

AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library Staff Publications

Images and visual presentations can be used to enhance student learning outcomes. Let’s explore how the visual presentation tools Wordle™ and VocabGrabber™ can be used to engagingly present information literacy concepts to students; and how Clickers can be used to informally establish students’ baseline knowledge or formally assess student learning outcomes.


Information Literacy And The Transition From High School To College, Donna E. Nix, Marianne Hageman, Janice Kragness Jun 2011

Information Literacy And The Transition From High School To College, Donna E. Nix, Marianne Hageman, Janice Kragness

Library Staff Publications & Presentations

What expectations should college librarians have concerning the information literacy skills of incoming freshmen? This has been a recurring question among college librarians for years. The complementary question for high school librarians is: what do colleges expect freshmen to know in order to be effective researchers? AASL and ACRL have published information literacy standards, and have worked cooperatively to encourage communication between high school and college librarians. Have these efforts been successful? In this article, the authors share information about their research study exploring whether a gap exists between high school and college expectations related to information literacy.

The authors ...


“Rise Up!”: Literacies, Lived Experiences, And Identities Within An In-School “Other Space”, Kelly Wissman May 2011

“Rise Up!”: Literacies, Lived Experiences, And Identities Within An In-School “Other Space”, Kelly Wissman

Literacy Teaching & Learning Faculty Scholarship

In this article, I consider the literacy practices that emerged in an in-school elective course centered in the literacy tradition of African American women. Drawing from spatial perspectives (Leander& Sheehy, 2004), I explore what it means to consider this course an “Other space” (Foucault,1986), as a space created without the constraints of a mandated curriculum or standardized test pressures and as a space informed by an understanding of the connections among literacies,lived experiences, and identities. Through the presentation and analysis of five vignettes, I consider how the students shaped the course to their own ends and pursued agentive ...


Review Of Alcohol In Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia, Ed. By Rachel Black, Rebecca Tolley Apr 2011

Review Of Alcohol In Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia, Ed. By Rachel Black, Rebecca Tolley

ETSU Faculty Works

Review of Alcohol in Popular Culture : An Encyclopedia. Rachel Black Greenwood. 2010. 229p, 9780313380488, $85.00.


Why Not Just Google It? An Assessment Of Information Literacy Skills In A Biomedical Science Curriculum, Karl Kingsley, Gillian M. Galbraith, M. Herring, Eva Stowers, Tanis Stewart, Karla V. Kingsley Apr 2011

Why Not Just Google It? An Assessment Of Information Literacy Skills In A Biomedical Science Curriculum, Karl Kingsley, Gillian M. Galbraith, M. Herring, Eva Stowers, Tanis Stewart, Karla V. Kingsley

Library Faculty Publications

Background: Few issues in higher education are as fundamental as the ability to search for, evaluate, and synthesize information. The need to develop information literacy, the process of finding, retrieving, organizing, and evaluating the ever-expanding collection of online information, has precipitated the need for training in skill-based competencies in higher education, as well as medical and dental education.

Methods: The current study evaluated the information literacy skills of first-year dental students, consisting of two, consecutive dental student cohorts (n = 160). An assignment designed to evaluate information literacy skills was conducted. In addition, a survey of student online search engine or ...


Information-Seeking Behaviors Of First-Semester Veterinary Students: A Preliminary Report, Sharon A. Weiner, Gretchen Stephens, Abdelfattah Y.M. Nour Mar 2011

Information-Seeking Behaviors Of First-Semester Veterinary Students: A Preliminary Report, Sharon A. Weiner, Gretchen Stephens, Abdelfattah Y.M. Nour

Libraries Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Research

Although emphasis in veterinary education is increasingly being placed on the ability to find, use, and communicate information, studies on the information behaviors of veterinary students or professionals are few. Improved knowledge in this area will provide valuable information for course and curriculum planning and the design of information resources. This article describes a survey of the information-seeking behaviors of first-semester veterinary students at Purdue University. A survey was administered as the first phase of a progressive semester-long assignment for a first semester DVM course in systemic mammalian physiology. The survey probed for understanding of the scientific literature and its ...


Libguides Beta, Justine Martin, Casey Duevel Mar 2011

Libguides Beta, Justine Martin, Casey Duevel

Library Services Faculty and Staff Publications

No abstract provided.


Profiles In Science: Stephen Hawking, Kathleen A. Lehman Mar 2011

Profiles In Science: Stephen Hawking, Kathleen A. Lehman

University Libraries Faculty Publications and Presentations

While Stephen Hawking’s early academic career lacked focus, the development of motor neuron disease straining against his hopes for a fulfilling life pulled the young scientist’s work together. He has since become the world’s most famous scientist due, in part, to his strong belief that science should be accessible to the general public. Hawking has published frequently for the academic community but has also published for the lay reader. His life has been recorded and examined by several biographers. This paper gives an overview of Hawking’s early life, academic career, his academic and popular publications, as ...


Critical Collaborations: An Information Literacy Across The Curriculum Project, Sheila Beck, Devin Mckay Mar 2011

Critical Collaborations: An Information Literacy Across The Curriculum Project, Sheila Beck, Devin Mckay

Publications and Research

The article focuses on a collaborative project aimed at investigating the effect of integrating four classroom assignments from different disciplines with critical thinking skills. Entitled "Collaboration and Information: Critical Thinking Skills Across Curriculum," the different goals of the project include having the students understand what information is, the type of information needed and its appropriateness, and the application of research skills using critical thinking. In this study, it has been demonstrated that the greater the breadth and depth of responses to the scenario, the greater the research process skills.


First Day Without A Desk Buddy: A Detailed Summary, Audrey H. Schwinn Feb 2011

First Day Without A Desk Buddy: A Detailed Summary, Audrey H. Schwinn

Blogging the Library

Today is my first day behind the Ref. Desk without a Desk Buddy. I'm glad it's a morning shift because those are usually much quieter and less eventful than afternoon shifts. All of the librarians have reassured me that if I need help answering a question I can just call any of them, but so far I've been fine. I've been keeping a list of everything that occurs at the Desk this morning so that I can properly document my first day out here by myself. So far it hasn't been terribly interesting, but right ...


Exploring Library Room 20 - The Library Instruction Lair, Audrey H. Schwinn Feb 2011

Exploring Library Room 20 - The Library Instruction Lair, Audrey H. Schwinn

Blogging the Library

For the last couple of weeks, in addition to working behind the Reference Desk, I have also been further investigating the Instruction part of the Reference & Instruction Department. While some instruction necessarily happens at the desk, the librarians have a chance to get more in-depth into teaching research skills when professors bring their students into the computer lab classroom in the basement. In the past couple weeks I have observed an English 101 and a 200-level Psych class, and my own Environmental Issues class was also brought in to meet with a librarian. [excerpt]


Recent Discovery: Answering Research Questions Is Not Impossible, Audrey H. Schwinn Feb 2011

Recent Discovery: Answering Research Questions Is Not Impossible, Audrey H. Schwinn

Blogging the Library

Having a name plate is still the most exciting part about being behind the Reference Desk. (It's the little things in life that really make a difference.) But almost equally exciting is that I have now successfully answered several research questions! I am continuing to learn how to do things and, more importantly, I am (usually) remembering how to do them. The other librarians are still taking turns being my "Desk Buddy" so there is always someone to help me answer the questions, but I am starting to provide students and other patrons with helpful information on my own ...


The Personal Librarian Program At The University Of Richmond: An Interview With Lucretia Mcculley, Lucretia Mcculley, Cy Dillon Jan 2011

The Personal Librarian Program At The University Of Richmond: An Interview With Lucretia Mcculley, Lucretia Mcculley, Cy Dillon

University Libraries Faculty and Staff Publications

In the fall of 2010, two well-known liberal arts institutions, Drexel University in Philadelphia and Wesleyan University of Middletown, Connecticut, began programs that provided “personal librarians” for incoming freshmen. This apparently new idea received some notice in higher education news feeds, and was even featured in Library Journal’s Newsletter.

Academic librarians are always inquisitive, of course, and a national discussion about the history of such programs began quickly in a variety of listservs. Within a few days it was revealed that the concept was far from new, and that the first successful version was still flourishing at the University ...


Design Your Library Video Like A Hollywood Blockbuster: Using Screenplay Structure To Engage Viewers, Leo S. Lo Jan 2011

Design Your Library Video Like A Hollywood Blockbuster: Using Screenplay Structure To Engage Viewers, Leo S. Lo

Libraries Faculty & Staff Publications

The article presents a framework of storytelling principles used in Hollywood films to help librarians make compelling and interesting videos for their users. It mentions that dramatized and non-dramatized are library video's two basic types. It states that an effective story contains the structure, the most significant component in the construction of a story, and conflict, which occurs when something prevents the character to reach his or her goal. It suggests that the first act of the film should hook the attention of the audience as most viewers decide whether they like or dislike the film in the first ...


“Google Reigns Triumphant”?: Stemming The Tide Of Googlitis Via Collaborative, Situated Information Literacy Instruction, Carol A. Leibiger Jan 2011

“Google Reigns Triumphant”?: Stemming The Tide Of Googlitis Via Collaborative, Situated Information Literacy Instruction, Carol A. Leibiger

Faculty Publications

Googlitis, the overreliance on search engines for research and the resulting development of poor searching skills, is a recognized problem among today’s students. Google is not an effective research tool because, in addition to encouraging keyword searching at the expense of more powerful subject searching, it only accesses the Surface Web and is driven by advertising. American higher education unwittingly fosters the use of search engines in research by emphasizing results rather than process. Academic librarians emulate teaching faculty in their reliance on lectures, and their course-related instruction is limited in its effectiveness because it is constrained to one-shot ...


An ‘Information Literacy’ Perspective Of The Creation/Evolution Debate, Terry Dwain Robertson Jan 2011

An ‘Information Literacy’ Perspective Of The Creation/Evolution Debate, Terry Dwain Robertson

Faculty Publications

The conventional information literacy standards do not suffice for engaging the creation/evolution debate. The data is inconclusive about which approach is more likely; neither theory can be validated any more than the other. Both theories appeal to a recognized authority.


Problem-Based Learning And Learning Assessment In Information Strategies For Htm Students, Hal P. Kirkwood Jr Jan 2011

Problem-Based Learning And Learning Assessment In Information Strategies For Htm Students, Hal P. Kirkwood Jr

Libraries Faculty and Staff Creative Materials

Poster was presented at the Purdue Libraries One Book Higher Poster Session. Focus of the poster is on the use of problem-based assignments to create a more real-world experience in utilizing business information resources.


Purdue Libraries In Second Life, Hal P. Kirkwood Jr, Monica Kirkwood, Victoria Thomas Jan 2011

Purdue Libraries In Second Life, Hal P. Kirkwood Jr, Monica Kirkwood, Victoria Thomas

Libraries Faculty and Staff Creative Materials

Poster was presented at the Purdue Libraries One Book Higher Poster Session. Focus is on the activities and experimentation within the virtual world Second Life by the Purdue Libraries. Key projects were the virtual presentation of Amelia Earhart photographs and a simulation in a restaurant setting for hospitality & tourism management research.


Understanding Online Knowledge Sharing: An Interpersonal Relationship Perspective, Will W.K. Ma, Allan H. K. Yuen Jan 2011

Understanding Online Knowledge Sharing: An Interpersonal Relationship Perspective, Will W.K. Ma, Allan H. K. Yuen

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

The unique features and capabilities of online learning are built on the ability to connect to a wider range of learning resources and peer learners that benefit individual learners, such as through discussion forums, collaborative learning, and community building. The success of online learning thus depends on the participation, engagement, and social interaction of peer learners, which leads to knowledge sharing. Thus, without frequent and persistent interaction, it is doubtful whether knowledge sharing can take place in online learning. This study argues that theories about the development and maintenance of social relationships provide a theoretical foundation for understanding the motivation ...


Student Preferences In Library Website Vocabulary, Mark Aaron Polger Jan 2011

Student Preferences In Library Website Vocabulary, Mark Aaron Polger

Publications and Research

This study explores student preferences to library website vocabulary and compares the data with what librarians report on their library's website. Two questionnaires were distributed in the fall of 2009 to students (N=300) and librarians (N=527). Students were asked to identify the terms they prefer from a larger list of library website vocabulary. Librarians were asked to report the terms that were used on their library's website. Twenty-seven terms were selected for both the student and librarian questionnaires. The 27 terms were culled from library literature, library instruction classes, and reference desk interactions. Of the 300 ...


Other People’S Money: Adapting Entrepreneurial Techniques To Build Capital In Challenging Economic Times, Robert Farrell Jan 2011

Other People’S Money: Adapting Entrepreneurial Techniques To Build Capital In Challenging Economic Times, Robert Farrell

Publications and Research

Drawing on the “predator” model of entrepreneurship put forward by Villette and Vuillermot in their 2009 book “From Predators to Icons,” this article argues that challenging economic times reveal that self-funded, collaborative information literacy models have in many cases unsustainably overstretched staff and budgets. In such circumstances, it is necessary for librarians to shift to an entrepreneurial approach that seeks profitable opportunities funded by parties other than the library in order to build capital for current and future instructional services. Following Villette and Vuillermot, the article seeks to refute a cultural myth that sees the entrepreneur as someone who is ...