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Beyond Curriculum: Information Literacy, Librarianship, and the Role of the Faculty at a Rural Community College in Missouri
by Lane, Michelle A., Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2019, 132; 27671781
Abstract (Summary)

This case study was designed to evaluate faculty perceptions of teaching information literacy within the general education curriculum, the level of collaboration between faculty and library staff, and challenges regarding instruction of information literacy at a community college in Missouri. Using an adapted survey from a 2014 study by Dr. Sharon Weiner of Purdue University, faculty were asked to provide their current views regarding instruction of information literacy at the Missouri institution. Additionally, archival data provided by the institution were analyzed using triangulation to establish a baseline regarding the best path forward to improving instruction, assessment, and student learning. While a majority of faculty indicated they teach information literacy in their courses, the degree and level of skills taught varied. Moreover, utilization of the library was perceived as important by the faculty, but the perception was not supported by data provided by the institution regarding the number of information literacy workshop requests by faculty at the institution. Through analysis and summary report data, faculty identified challenge areas concerning information literacy at the institution and indicated a willingness to improve. Although the results did not reveal a formalized plan to implement improvements, perceptions regarding the importance of information literacy skills and the need to embed these skills into the curriculum provided hope for future collaboration and quality instructional design at the institution.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Julie
Commitee: DeVore, Sherry, Grover, Kathy
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Library science, Community college education
Keywords: Information literacy, Instructional design, Student learning
Publication Number: 27671781
ISBN: 9781392426883
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