Posts Tagged ‘information literacy’

CITL Answers – March 2011

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Question: I’m concerned because my students are not using quality sources for their research assignments. How can I steer them towards better sources?

CITL’s Answer: Emerson’s Karla Fribley, Library Instruction Coordinator, provided the answer to this question. The ability to find and evaluate appropriate information is a key part of information literacy, and a skill that students will need well beyond their time at Emerson. To encourage this skill, you can point students to the Research Guides created by Emerson librarians. Research Guides highlight key starting places (databases, reference books, Websites) for research in specific subject areas and courses. They are custom-designed to match the research needs of Emerson students and faculty. Sample guides include: Publishing, Advertising, Citing Sources, Health Communication, Consumer Behavior, Costume & Fashion, and many more. Librarians are happy to discuss how you might incorporate Research Guides into your classes. Contact

CITL Answers – April 2009

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Question: How can I be innovative in my teaching and learning?

CITL’s Answer: Emerson faculty are innovative in their teaching by targeting an aspect of their teaching, making a change, and reflecting on the results.  There are ongoing innovations in experiential learning, information literacy, learning outcomes, assessments of student learning, instructional technology, grading, course design and redesign, addressing issues around diversity and multiculturalism, and more.  Contact the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning to discuss how you can undertake an innovation in your teaching to enhance student learning.  E-mail or call x8574.

CITL Answers – December 2008

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Question: “Given that my students are already so tech-savvy, how does information literacy fit into the curriculum?”

Answer provided by Nicole Brown, Instruction coordinator & Reference Librarian

Information Literacy is much broader than technological competency.  Like critical thinking, it encompasses a wide range of skills and thought processes.  Information literacy is about determining, accessing, and evaluating information as well as understanding how information is socially situated and produced.  These skills become increasingly relevant with the complexity of the information landscape.

Emerson librarians contribute to information literacy across the disciplines by creating tools, resources and programs to support information needs expressed in the goals of Emerson’s programs and curricula.  Collaborations across campus will ensure that students have the skills and resources required to meet the information needs of their disciplines now and after graduation.