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Information Literacy Workshop 2008

Workshop Details

About Information Literacy

Information literacy encompasses the following set of skills:

  • Knowing when information is needed

  • Finding information efficiently

  • Evaluating information quality

  • Using information effectively for a purpose

  • Observing ethical use of information

(Source: Association of College and Research Libraries)

About the Workshop

JMU is committed to providing students with opportunities to master skills and competencies which will enable them to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Information literacy, a set of skills defined as knowing how to find, evaluate and effectively use information, is a key outcome of higher education.  Students in all majors can apply these skills in their coursework, after they enter their professional careers, and as active citizens in their communities. Information literacy supports critical thinking and enables students to become self-directed learners. Incorporating information literacy across curricula requires the collaborative efforts of teaching faculty and librarians.  

In this 3-day workshop, teaching faculty and librarians will work together in pairs to integrate information literacy objectives into the coursework of majors by modifying a syllabus, designing effective assignments, and planning instruction. The goal is to promote resource-based learning outside the classroom and to equip students with skills that will enable them to continue to learn in their discipline.

Workshop Facilitatorterry mech

Dr. Terry Mech, Library Director at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, will facilitate the workshop. He presents at numerous workshops on information literacy annually, including presentations in 2006-7 for the Appalachian College Association, Pennsylvania Library Association, Lehigh Valley Area Independent Colleges, New England Library Network (Nelinet), and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance. Dr. Mech served on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Advisory Panel on Information Literacy that prepared Developing Research and Communication Skills: Guidelines for Information Literacy in the Curriculum (2003).

Dr. Mech has written numerous articles and book chapters on information literacy, including “Developing an Information Literacy Assessment Instrument” in Revisiting Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education (Libraries Unlimited, 2006). He is co-editor of Information Literacy: Developing Students and Independent Learners (Jossey-Bass, 1992), which won the ACRL Instruction Section Publication of the Year Award in 1993.

Dr. Mech is a graduate of the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and has led numerous faculty workshops on information literacy.

Dates, Times & Location

The 3-day workshop will run from May 7 to May 9, 2008, in Carrier Library Room 301:


To achieve the workshop goals, special sessions throughout each day will focus on hands-on activities and collaborative work between faculty and librarians.

Space is limited to 10 participants -- APPLY NOW!


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