Information Update - Spring 2012

Dean Awards Information Literacy Stipends

Dean Charles Kratz announced that four Information Literacy Stipends were granted by the Weinberg Memorial Library for the 2012 spring semester. One full-time and three part-time faculty members will receive grants of $1,000 each upon submission of their reports documenting the impact that the information literacy component had on student learning outcomes as identified in their grant proposals.
 
Dean Charles Kratz announced that four Information Literacy Stipends were granted by the Weinberg Memorial Library for the 2012 spring semester. One full-time and three part-time faculty members will receive grants of $1,000 each upon submission of their reports documenting the impact that the information literacy component had on student learning outcomes as identified in their grant proposals.
 
Mary Jane Hanson will be integrating Information Literacy into Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing (NURS 591). Students in the course will write a persuasive letter to a legislator, write a paper about an alternative health care modality that evaluates its efficacy, and after reviewing the literature about a particular culture will participate in a class discussion that compares and contrasts various cultures. Dr. Hanson will collaborate with Librarian Bonnie Oldham, who will demonstrate some of the skills that students will need to learn to research these varied topics.
 
Students in Nineteenth Century Art (ARTH 221), taught by Darlene Miller-Lanning, gallery director and adjunct faculty in the History Department, will work in groups to identify, research and report on a 20th century artist/author. Group projects will be shared with the class as a PowerPoint presentation and detailed annotated bibliography. Librarian Michael Knies will familiarize the class with the transformations that have historically occurred in information technologies, particularly as related to the 19th century, and will broaden students' awareness of the library's Special Collections resources.
 
Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs (BUAD 362/BUAD 363) are two courses in the new KSOM Entrepreneurship minor. Donna Simpson, KSOM adjunct faculty, will collaborate with Librarian Betsey Moylan. During several visits to the library, Professor Moylan will introduce the students to various resources available for business research, both print and electronic, in order that they can make informed decisions when analyzing the business plan for a fictional company to determine its feasibility.
 
Mary Troy, adjunct faculty in Counseling and Human Services, will collaborate with Librarian Bonnie Strohl to integrate Information Literacy into Human Service Systems (CHS 112). Students will learn what resources are available, will develop and use a concept web to enhance their research skills, and will learn how to critically evaluate sources and information. Student learning will be assessed through a pre/post-test, and by generating a concept web during the course of their research for a group presentation on a social issue.
 
If you want to enhance your students' research skills, then collaborating with a faculty librarian to develop assignments that focus on information literacy skills may be just what you need.
 
Interested faculty members should submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages. Proposals will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee's Information Literacy subcommittee for the following components: course name and number; student learning outcomes related to information literacy; assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated; projected timeline (summer/fall 2012); name of the library faculty member with whom you will collaborate. For more information, please contact Bonnie Oldham, information literacy coordinator at 570-941-4000 or bonnie.oldham@scranton.edu.
 
Application Deadline for summer/fall 2012 courses: Friday, March 30, 2012
Bonnie Oldman