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
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.