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ERIC Number: EJ779139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0099-1333
Turning Techno-Savvy into Info-Savvy: Authentically Integrating Information Literacy into the College Curriculum
Brown, Cecelia; Murphy, Teri J.; Nanny, Mark
Journal of Academic Librarianship, v29 n6 p386-398 Nov 2003
It is no longer effective to provide information literacy instruction that is thought to be "good for" college students, but rather, instruction must focus on the learning styles and preferences of the target population. This case study reports a series of hands-on/minds-on information literacy activities that dissolve student's misconception that "techno-savvy" is synonymous with information literate. Careful and thorough instruction in the mining of popular Internet search engines for authoritative information was coupled with instruction in the use of traditional library resources. It was found that the college students studied possess a high need for clarity and a low tolerance for ambiguity, and therefore any activities assigned must be thoroughly, yet succinctly, described in order to achieve success. Combining traditional information literacy instruction with novel approaches appeals to the confidence in and reliance on Internet search engines that college students exhibit, while it moves this microcosm toward a higher level of information literacy and commitment to life long learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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