As part of Faculty Academy, the West Virginia University Libraries are spotlighting the Information Literacy Course Enhancement Program and its participants.

This year’s showcase will be held in the Milano Reading Room of the Charles C. Wise Jr. Library on May 7 and will include professor/librarian teams for the 2011-12 academic year. Poster sessions are scheduled from 8-9 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m. There will be a presentation and panel discussion at 9 a.m. in Room 104 of the Downtown Campus Library. It is titled “What Have We Learned from Three Years of the Libraries’ Information Literacy Course Enhancement Project?”

“The WVU Libraries’ Information Literacy Course Enhancement Program has grown remarkably since its inception in the summer of 2009,” said Carroll Wilkinson, WVU Libraries’ director of Instruction and Information Literacy.

The initiative has involved more than 1,150 students. Participants from each of the program’s past three years will discuss publications and disciplinary impact, implications for curriculum changes, advancements in student learning, and ideas for sustaining a program of information literacy instruction at WVU. An open discussion will follow.

This past year, a team of librarians and engineering instructors collaborated to incorporate the precepts into multiple sections of Engineering 101. Robin Hensel, assistant dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, will serve as a panelist.

Two years ago, geology and geography professor Tim Warner worked with librarian Linda Blake to introduce information literacy concepts into his class. They later published an article and a book chapter about the success they witnessed.

Participants for the 2011-12 academic year included Hensel; Jason Langley, physical education lecturer, WVU Institute of Technology; Jay Malarcher, associate professor of theater, College of Creative Arts; and Mary Ann Samyn, associate professor of English, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Their librarian liaisons were Kelly Diamond, Beth Royall, Mary Strife, Alyssa Wright, and from WVU IT, Mitch Casto and Jewel Rucker.

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CONTACT: Monte Maxwell, WVU Libraries
304-293-0306, monte.maxwell@mail.wvu.edu

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