Program A: Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Rethinking Approaches to Student Engagement with Information Sources

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Monday, May 11, 9:00am - 3:00pm
(Registration at 8:45am; program starts at 9:00am Light breakfast and lunch included)
Lake Ontario Room, MSU Union
Open to MSU and non-MSU affiliates. (A $50 fee will be billed for non-MSU affiliates to cover costs.)


Sara Miller, Librarian for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Initiatives, MSU


Deborah Margolis, Middle East Studies & Anthropology Librarian

Abraham Wheeler, Librarian for Osteopathic Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Bobby L. Smiley, Digital Humanities and American History Librarian


Information literacy has often been perceived and taught as a discrete set of skills involving locating, evaluating, and using - or consuming - information sources. The Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has recently approved a new Framework for Information Literacy, built on threshold concepts related to information, such as “Scholarship as Conversation,” “Authority is Constructed and Contextual,” and “Searching as Strategic Exploration.”   This new Framework opens possibilities for moving  students beyond the simple consumption of information to focus on the creation, use, and interpretation of information sources in disciplinary contexts. The Framework also suggests ways to expand information literacy integration across a broader spectrum of MSU’s undergraduate learning goals, and provides space to examine our assumptions about student experiences with information sources across disciplines.

During the first half of the workshop, participants will use the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to reflect on information practices and processes in their own disciplines. In the second half of the workshop, librarians and disciplinary faculty will guide breakout groups through applying the Framework concepts to an assignment, syllabus, or other instructional situation or product, facilitating a more intentional approach toward information literacy for students.

Participants in this session will gain insight from reflection on information literacy practices in their own discipline as well as hearing from others across the university. As participants plan courses for 2015-2016, the work done in this session will help with identifying gaps in student learning and bringing issues related to the use and creation of information sources to the forefront.

Preparation:  Please bring with you to the workshop a syllabus, assignment, or curriculum plan that involves student engagement with information sources.
In advance: Read ACRL Framework for Information Literacy


This program is co-sponsored by The Graduate School and F&OD.