Information Update - Spring 2005

From the Library Dean

Welcome back to the Spring 2005 semester. We have undertaken a few renovations during Intersession. The Library's old computer room located on the Third Floor is being transformed into a technology-enhanced group study area for students. Additional compact shelving was installed in the Media Resources Center to allow for growth of our media collection. During the Fall 2004 semester, we added shelving to the Library's Fourth Floor to accommodate growth of our book collection.
The American Library Association's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy defines Information Literacy as a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."
Accreditation agencies are looking for evidence of support for information literacy in curricula by including language in their Standards that stress the importance of teaching these abilities in colleges and universities.
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools emphasizes information literacy in Standard 11: Educational Offerings and Standard 12: General Education. Their focus is on collaboration between professional library staff and faculty in teaching and fostering information literacy skills relevant to the curriculum and on evidence of information literacy incorporated in the curriculum with syllabi, or other materials appropriate to the mode of teaching and learning, describing expectations for students' demonstration of information literacy skills.
Professor Katie Duke, the Library's Information Literacy Coordinator, and I plan to visit Deans' Conferences this Spring to address the Library's Information Literacy Program in more detail.
Charles E. Kratz