Dean Charles Kratz announced the names of the recipients of the Information Literacy Stipends granted by the Weinberg Memorial Library to help faculty integrate student learning outcomes related to information literacy into their courses. This is the seventh year that the Weinberg Memorial Library has awarded these stipends.

Pornthip Chalungsooth requires students in Counseling Theories (COUN 502 ) to apply “Digital Story” techniques to demonstrate how they would use a counseling theory to serve the future targeted population with whom the students plan to work. Her course is a perfect example of how new literacies are being used in the classroom. Dr. Chalungsooth has invited Librarian Kristen Yarmey to collaborate with her. Prof. Yarmey will provide information to the students about copyright regulations as well as the proper attribution for photographs, video and audio clips, and other digital media. Click here to read the final

Kathryn Meier will continue the partnership that she has developed with Librarian Kevin Norris to enhance the research skills of students in The Craft of the Historian (HIST 140). Students in this course learn and practice the skills needed for historical research such as the ability to differentiate between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, to efficiently access sources, to critically evaluate those sources, and to give appropriate credit to the ideas of others. Dr. Meier will design a pre-test/post-test that will assess student learning. Click here to read the final report.

Librarian George Aulisio will partner with Peter Olden to integrate Information Literacy into Health Services and Systems (HAD 519). Students in Dr. Olden’s class complete a semester-long project which involves determining the health status of an actual community and culminates with a final written report. Prof. Aulisio will instruct students on how to search for primary data for their reports, will participate in a course Discussion Board to exchange ideas and sources of information, and will review resources in students’ draft reports. Click here to read the final report.

Benjamin Bishop and Cyrus Olsen submitted a proposal for their team-taught Freshman Seminar: Science and Religion. This pilot course is organized around a series of student debates that focus on the interaction between science and religion in modern society. Drs. Bishop and Olsen will be collaborating with Librarian Donna Witek to strengthen the research skills of students as they prepare for these debates. Ms. Mazziotti will introduce the class to both digital and traditional resources and will follow up with one-on-one support to individuals or groups as they research a particular topic.

Eva Polizzi, the first adjunct faculty member to be awarded a stipend, asked Librarian Betsey Moylan to cooperate with her to integrate Information Literacy into a Composition and Rhetoric course to improve students’ Information Literacy skills. By participating in several Information Literacy sessions along with completing various exercises and assignments, students in Prof. Polizzi’s WRTG 107/WRTG 106 learned how to evaluate their sources and to incorporate their findings without paraphrasing or quoting too much. Click here to read her final report.
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