Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Information Literacy

Does Information Literacy Make a Difference for Pre-College Students?

Thursday, January 28, 3:00pm EST.

Does information literacy make a contribution to overall learning and transition to college for pre-college students? Join us for a discussion of how this research question has brought together many of the community and technical college librarians in Washington state in an effort to answer it. This session will discuss the approach to the research, the role of librarians in assisting our colleges/universities with retention efforts, the unique characteristics of pre-college students, and the collaboration between librarians and Basic Skills faculty to achieve results.

Speaker Bio
Debra Gilchrist is Dean of Libraries and Institutional Effectiveness for Pierce Colleges, a community college district in Lakewood and Puyallup, Washington. She is responsible for leadership and management of the library and media services for the multi-campus district. She was an inaugural faculty member for ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy Immersion program, and has served on the faculty since 1998. Debra has given presentations and published in the areas of library instruction, outcomes assessment, the teaching library mission, and faculty/librarian collaboration. She is currently facilitating the implementation of an information literacy requirement that is based on student outcomes and focused on measuring library effectiveness based on student learning.