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ERIC Number: EJ873631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Collaborations between Librarians and Faculty in a Digital Age
Campbell, Melissa
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n6 p30-33 Feb 2010
If Google represents the first flicker of information technology, the development of additional tools has continued to enhance access to information but with the unfortunate downside of decreasing information literacy. Todd Gilman, librarian for literature in English at Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library, decries the resulting disconnect in his article "Not Enough Time in the Library." He contends that, while many students may be computer-literate, they are not, as a rule, research-literate. And there's a huge difference between the two. What is missing from students' repertoire of skill is information literacy. According to the American Library Association, "information literacy" is the ability to find and use information. Laura Saunders, a faculty member in the graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, surveyed information literacy experts to explore the possible evolution of the role of both the library and the academic librarian. Three scenarios emerged: (1) the current environment remains status quo; (2) the library and the librarian become less important as faculty take on the task of teaching information literacy; and (3) a collaboration between faculty and librarians develops to team-teach information literacy. The third scenario was the most popular prediction, although those surveyed saw it as an evolution taking place over the next 10-15 years. The author presents tips offered by Todd Gilman in effecting a faculty-librarian collaboration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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