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Title: Going Global with Information Literacy

Going Global with Information Literacy
  • Angela Whitehurst
  • Asst. ProfessorDistance Education
    Co-CoordinatorJ.Y. Joyner LibraryEast Carolina

Higher Education 21st Century
  • World increasingly interconnected
  • Study abroad
  • Less than 5 nationwide/1 ECU
  • Numerous impediments
  • Bring experience to campus
  • Colleges Universities
  • UNC Tomorrow
  • ECUs Global Academic Initiatives Program

Global Academic Initiatives
  • Two Components
  • International Lecture Exchange
  • Global Understanding Courses
  • Global Understanding Course (2003)
  • Multiple disciplines
  • 23 partner institutions in 18 countries
  • Link/chat with partners
  • Research component
  • Library Involvement (2008)

  • What knowledge do students have about the
    availability and use of country/cultural
    resources and other appropriate resources when
    they enter a Global Understanding class?
  • Would providing instruction to students focused
    on country resources, newspapers, and scholarly
    articles related to their field increase their
    information literacy skills?
  • Would the quality of student assignments improve
    after they receive information literacy
  • Would instruction using country/cultural
    resources along with other appropriate resources
    be a useful avenue for libraries attempting to
    integrate information literacy instruction into a
    globalized curriculum?

  • Global Understanding Anthropology
  • most experienced faculty
  • research component
  • faculty came for library instruction
  • Pre-test/Post-test (IL skills)
  • Choosing appropriate resources
  • Evaluating resources
  • Distinguishing citations
  • Resource usage

Preliminary Results
  • Travel Guides Encyclopedias
  • Over 90 correct responses
  • Hotel information
  • History of countries (not great increase here
    life skill)
  • Articles
  • identify information not contained in newspapers
    (scholarly article)
  • 19.6 increase
  • identify characteristic did not apply to
    scholarly article
  • 3.8 increase
  • Confusion about characteristics
  • Citation identification
  • Choose citation of scholarly article
  • Confusion books scholarly articles
  • Biggest increase 29.4

Citation Identification
Which of the following citations is an example of
an article from a scholarly journal?
Preliminary Results (cont.)
  • Evaluating Credibility
  • Source type important
  • Electronic maps verify boundaries
  • Compare printed atlas stable 41
  • Compare to UN map division (credible) 13
  • Compare to countrys web site (not always
    credible) 15.4 decrease
  • Newspapers article credibility
  • Determine bias/point of view increase 5.8
  • Determine type of article increase 7.1
  • Compare to other information decrease 11.2
  • Resource Usage
  • Searching Google decreased 10.9 and 16.5
  • Using newspapers increased 40.1
  • Travel guides encyclopedias stable 81
  • Using books increased 13.2

Evaluating Credibility
I have located an electronic version of a map of
the country or region I am studying there is no
date listed on the map and I am unsure that it
shows the current boundaries. What is my best
option for verifying the areas boundaries?
Resource Usage
I have decided to study abroad in France for one
year and want to learn more about the country
since I have never traveled there before. What
resources would I use to learn about the
countrys culture and customs?
Preliminary Conclusions
  • Analyze filtered results
  • class section
  • travel or lived abroad
  • library use
  • Results of instruction
  • Mixed
  • Identification stable
  • Evaluation increases
  • Usage increases books and newspapers decreases
  • Positive faculty feedback
  • Time of instruction
  • Specific topics
  • Increased percentages on post-test

Further Research
  • What would be the similarity and differences in
    the results, if the study was repeated in a
    Global Understanding course from another
    discipline? Distance Education class?
  • How does prior knowledge and experience with some
    country/cultural resources and scholarly
    resources affect students performance and use of
    information literacy skills?
  • Does the number of information literacy
    instruction sessions or length of time spent
    teaching IL concepts have an impact on the
    students knowledge of those skills?
  • Would the integration of country/cultural
    resources other resources in information literacy
    instruction provide the similar results if
    conducted at another university?

Works Cited
  • East Carolina University. (2009). Global Academic
    Initiatives. Retrieved May 7, 2005, from
  • Reimers, F. (2009). 'Global competency' is
    imperative for global success. Retrieved May 8,
    2009, from http//chronicle.com
  • jproxy.lib.ecu.edu/weekly/v55/i21/21a02901.htm
  • Stevens, C. R., Campbell, P. J. (2006).
    Collaborating to connect global citizenship,
    information literacy, and lifelong learning in
    the global studies classroom. Reference Services
    Review, 34(4), 536-556.
  • University of North Carolina Tomorrow Commission.
    (2007). Executive summary. Retrieved May 7, 2009,
    from http//www.nctomorrow.org/
  • content.php/reports_documents/commission/execsumm

  • Angela Whitehurst
  • Asst. Professor
  • Distance Education Co-Coordinator
  • J.Y. Joyner Library
  • East Carolina University
  • (252) 328-0723
  • whitehursta_at_ecu.edu
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