Information Update - Fall 2003

Projects Enhance Library Instruction

In the June 2, 2003 USA Today Bonus Section is a quote from Joe Procopio, a tech consultant from Chapel Hill, N.C. Joe says: "As technology gets richer, the learning curve gets longer. "The University of Scranton faculty, staff, and students are going to experience this learning curve this coming year as the Library migrates to a new system. To help ease this learning curve several projects are in the works. Several of these projects are ongoing and will reflect changes in the new system, but two of the projects are completely new and are very exciting.
Narda Tafuri, Linda Neyer, Clara Hudson (Librarians), and Ed Slack (Technical Advisor) will be working as a sub-team for Information Literacy, putting together a basic web tutorial on "How to Use the Library. "Focus will be on using the Weinberg Memorial Library specifically." This tutorial is not designed to replace class integrated Information Literacy but to enhance it. The librarians recognize that not all basic pertinent library information can be included in one 55 minute Freshman Seminar class, and hopefully this tutorial will help enrich students' library experience. It will also help those who have had some Information Literacy to go back and refresh their memory if they have forgotten the basics.
The second new project is the development of pre- and post-exercises for the Freshman Seminar classes that schedule Information Literacy. These exercises can be e-mailed to the Freshman Seminar faculty before the scheduled library visit, passed on to the students, then returned to the faculty for points. Each correct answer is worth so many points, and when it is posted it will automatically total the points at the bottom of the exercise. The post-exercise will follow the same format. This should help strengthen the students' knowledge of the Library and be in a format that will easily allow corrections and changes to the questions as needed.
The library tour video put together last year by Linda Neyer, along with Mary Beth Holmes and her students, was used very successfully as part of the Freshman Seminar lectures. This will be updated to reflect system changes.
Also, we will be revamping the Computer Information Literacy PowerPoint presentation, handouts and exercises. The changes will address the students' complaints of having "heard this before in another library class."
The whole purpose of our Information Literacy is to close the gap between what students know as high school, consumer, and game playing computer and library information users and what is expected of them as academic library and computer information literacy researchers. Updating our program should enhance our success rate in addressing these needs.

Katie Duke

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