Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Two Recent Information Literacy Articles

My thanks to Betty Braaksma who is the Information Literacy Coordinator at the University of Manitoba Libraries. She sent me this tip on these two articles:

Tools for Information Literacy. By Betty Braaksma, Cheryl MacLean, and Peter Tittenberger. ETools for Success is an online information literacy tutorial designed to supplement the content of a first year experience course, Introduction to University 099.111. Combining many years of in-class library orientation sessions with the lessons learned from library tutorials like TILT, eTools developed into an interactive learning tool which exposed students to both information literacy and electronic literacy skills. eTools was also the product of a unique partnership of several key departments within the University. As an engine of change, eTools not only enriched course content in a new way, it also broke down traditional organizational boundaries and paved the way for the development of the University of Manitoba's first virtual learning commons, emporiUM.

Integrating Information Literacy in a First-Year University Course: A Case Study from Canada. By Ganga Dakshinamurti, Ph.D., Librarian Albert D. Cohen Library, I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Canada Lena Horne, Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Textile Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada

An information literate person is one who uses information effectively in all its forms. When presented with questions or problems, an information literate person would know what information to look for, how to search efficiently and be able to access relevant sources. In addition, an information literate person would have the ability to evaluate and select appropriate information sources and to use the information effectively and ethically to answer questions or solve problems.

Information literacy has become an important element in higher education. The information literacy movement has internationally recognized standards and learning outcomes. The step-by-step process of achieving information literacy is particularly crucial in an era where knowledge could be disseminated through a variety of media. Academic librarians could become even more effective if they are linked to curriculum development where faculty and librarians .work together to achieve learning outcomes. This case study describes the steps taken by the authors to integrate information literacy skills in a new curriculum.

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