INFORMATION LITERACY J J. F. DRAKE MEMORIAL LEARNING RESOURCES CENTER ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY NORMAL, ALABAMA DR. CLARENCE TOOMER, DEAN PRUDENCE W. BRYANT, REFERENCE LIBRARIAN
OUTLINE • Title Page • Abstract Summary • Goals/Objectives • Procedures • Stakeholders • Collaboration • Implementation Session 1 • Implementation Session 2 • Pictures of Sessions • North Carolina A&T State University visits Alabama A&M University • Pictures of Visit • Significant Challenges • Breakthroughs/Innovations • Application of Learning • Application of Learning continued • Goals not Achieved • Project Review • Pictures • Bibliography • Bibliography continues • Pathfinder • Information ;literacy and the Strategic Plan • Project Summary
ABSTRACT SUMMARY • The Information Literacy Pilot Project at Alabama A&M was planned and implemented to fulfill the following: • the commitment to the HBCU Library Alliance Institute II and the Mellon Foundation, to assist students in recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate evaluate and use effectively the needed information
GOALS/OBJECTIVES • TO DEVELOP AN INFORMATION LITERATE ENVIRONMENT AT ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY • TO INTEGRATE INFORMATION LITERACY INTO THE BIBLIOGRAPHIC INSTRUCTION PROGRAM AT ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY • TO INCREASE THE INFORMATION LITERACY HOLDINGS(REFERENCE AND CIRCULATING BOOKS,AUDIO VISUAL, E-BOOKS AND OTHER HOLDINGS IN THE LRC • TO COLLABORATE WITH THE LIBRARY AT NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY IN GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA • TO TARGET HONORS ENGLISH,ENGLISH 102,ADMINISTRATION,FACULTY AND STAFF AS STAKEHOLDERS
PROCEDURES • Review guidelines • Conduct literature review • Develop goals and objectives • Contact Stakeholders (Administration, Faculty, Staff, and Students) • Introduce Information Literacy to Stakeholders • Implement Sessions • Conduct Evaluations
STAKEHOLDERS • Administration • Faculty • Staff • Students ( University College and English 102)
IMPLEMENTATION • .Session 1 • Introduce Information Literacy to Honors English Class and Mrs. Cheryl Carpenter (Instructor) • Implement Information Literacy Exercises and hands on with Technology • Questions and Answers
IMPLEMENTATION • Session 2 • Conducted Literary Criticism Exercises using Traditional Reference Books on Selected authors (Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, Margaret Walker Alexander etc). • Demonstration of Technology, (Smart Board and Electronic Data Bases) • Questions and Answers
COLLABORATION • NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY • Ferdinand D. Bluford Library • Mrs. Waltrene Canada, Dean • Miss Iyanna Sims, Electronic Services Librarian • ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY • J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center/State • Black Archives Research Center and Museum • Dr. Clarence Toomer, Dean • Mrs. Prudence W. Bryant, Reference Librarian • Mrs. Connie Mack, Electronic Services Librarian • Mrs. Diane McArthur, Systems Librarian
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY VISITS ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY • The Meeting consisted of an interchange of ideas and an update on information literacy procedures, goals, objectives, technology usage at each of the libraries. Follow up and continuation of the collaborative activities was also discussed. • Luncheon, Tour of Alabama A&M Learning Resources Center and State Black Archives Research Center and Museum
SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES • The number of students participating in the sample Pilot Project created a challenge and additional equipment (more smart boards) would have provided more student access to technology.
BREAKTHROUGHS/INNOVATIONS • Students were introduced to information literacy and technology and engaged in in- teractive learning at a more advanced level. Students were challenged to enhance critical thinking skills through brainstorming.
APPLICATION OF LEARNING The ACRL Standards for Information Literacy will be applied for learning. The Information literate student: • Standard 1- Determines the nature and extent of the information needed • Standard 2- Accesses needed information, effectively and efficiently
APPLICATION OF LEARNING • Standard 3- Evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system • Standard 4- Uses information to accomplish a purpose • Standard 5- Accesses and uses information ethically and legally
GOALS NOT ACHIEVED • Continuous work should be implemented on the LRC holdings (Books, E-Books, Audio Visual etc.).
PROJECT REVIEW • The Information Literacy Pilot Project was chosen to create an Information Literate environment for students enrolled in English 102 and Honors English at Alabama A&M. students will participate in activities to strengthen and develop literacy skills, to develop techniques for reading comprehension, evaluation and critical thinking skills
PILOT ACTIVITY The following activity was presented to our “pilot class” during the first session to reinforce critical thinking skills. This worksheet was developed by a group of librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee library to promote the teaching of Information Literacy. http://www.uwm.edu/Library/ris/instruction/ip/
INFORMATION LITERACY AND THESTRATEGIC PLAN • The LRC will continue to refine the information and library instruction programs to ensure students are prepared, to recognize when information is needed and to have the ability to locate ,evaluate and use information ethically. Varied and innovative teaching programs will prepare students to use information in their academic endeavors and in their roles
STRATEGIC PLAN CONTINUED as citizens, consumers, and professionals and as well as in their recreational activities. Goal 2, A&M strives to achieve academic excellence, Strategy 3, Make Information Literacy an integral part of the A&M experi- ence by developing a piloted Orientation 101 with University College, develop and maintain online assessments, tutorials and course evaluations.
PROJECT SUMMARY • The Pilot Information Literacy Project provided an introduction to Information Literacy for a small sample of students. More students will be involved in the In- formation Literacy Project in the Fall of 2006 when all of the English 102 classes will be participants.