Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Orientation Evaluation Results

Most students rated some increase in knowledge for:

Using Education databases
Contacting a virtual librarian
Navigating an ebook

There were a few students who assessed themselves knowledgable in:

Using the online catalog
opening a PDF article
navigating an ebook

100%of students considered the orientation helpful in learning how to access library resources.
100% of students considered the research activity useful and easy to understand.

The logon procedure for the ebrary database seemed confusing to some (perhaps this had to do with loading the ebrary software?), so next time I will clarify this procedure.

Thank you for your comments!

Vickie Lepore
Coordinator, Library Research

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

EDU 1005 Introduction to Education 4.16.08

Librarian Ms. Lepore asked students to complete a pre-assessment before class to evaluate their own level of research skills.

Ms. Lepore defined 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.'" Later she showed Ms. Tillotson what UNESCO is doing to develop professional development training for educators worldwide concerning information literacy.

After Ms. Lepore demonstrated how to access the educational databases, the education students used laptops in their WIRELESS classroom to complete the exercise. Ms. Tillotson offered extra credit for the completion of this assignment!

Even though one student had completed the general orientation, she took the opportunity to explore these specific education databases, and find resources on "classroom management."

Students were especially impressed with the ebrary database, and its ability to paste citation information automatically into word documents.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Information Literacy for Educators

I. Information Literacy includes:
Tool literacy - using print and electronic resources
Resource literacy - understand access methods
Research Literacy - info technology and software
Publishing literacy including plagiarism awareness -
production of research & reports

II. Pre-Assessment (Journals and magazines)

III. Contacting librarians

IV. Your bar code #

V. Demo Research Activity

VI. Please turn in research skills activity and evaluation!

VII. Information Literacy Standards from UNESCO