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Antes de ontemCommunications in Information Literacy

Measuring Library Impacts through First Year Course Assessment

Por Holly Luetkenhaus
This study shows the value of library instruction in the building of first-year students’ information literacy skills and it illustrates librarians as partners in leading student learning outcome assessment. Using research papers from a required first-year course, raters from units across the institution evaluated student information literacy (IL) skill development. Students performed at a “Proficient First Year” level for most information literacy skill areas. The authors found there was a significant correlation between IL skill development and participation in one or more library instruction sessions. For this reason, the authors posit that liaison librarians are in a stronger and more stable collaborative position when they can demonstrate that their work has positive correlations with student learning.
  • 15 de Dezembro de 2017, 00:00

Library Experience and Information Literacy Learning of First Year International Students: An Australian Case Study

Por Hilary Hughes
This qualitative case study provides fresh understandings about first year undergraduate international students’ library and information use at an Australian university, and their associated information literacy learning needs. The findings provide evidence to inform the development of library spaces and information literacy responses that enhance international students’ transition and learning. The study was conducted in 2015 as part of a project that simultaneously investigated the same topic at three US universities. This paper presents the case study context, reviews relevant literature and identifies gaps in research about international students’ library use and information literacy, and outlines the qualitative methodology—questionnaire, interviews and thematic analysis. The findings reveal international students’ lived experiences of using the library and information, in general and for assignments. After presenting the students’ recommendations to the library, the paper discusses the wider implications of the findings for university libraries and information literacy innovation.
  • 15 de Dezembro de 2017, 00:00

The Reconquista Student: Critical Information Literacy, Civics, and Confronting Student Intolerance

Por Jonathan T Cope
Given the increasing power and prominence of political figures in the United States who openly espouse xenophobic, misogynistic, white nationalist positions it is only natural to anticipate encountering students who express these views in our libraries and classrooms. In this essay I use the methods of normative political theory to explore the following question: What are a set of consistent philosophical positions that Critical Information Literacy (CIL) could take that would allow it to respond to intolerance in a way that furthers its stated goals? CIL can draw upon the large body of literature on civic education in the United States that emphasizes using educational institutions to teach foundational knowledge about the American political system and in cultivating a civic disposition that tolerates a multiplicity of perspectives. This essay then explores the role that agonism—to use a concept developed by the political theorist Chantal Mouffe—plays in political life.
  • 11 de Dezembro de 2017, 00:00

Forging Ahead

Por Christopher V. Hollister
Editorial for Volume 11, Issue 2.
  • 28 de Novembro de 2017, 00:00
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