Category Archives: Information Literacy

ACRL Co-sponsors Sparky Video Contest

ACRL is pleased to co-sponsor the second annual Sparky Awards, a contest organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) to recognize the best new short videos illustrating the value of information sharing. It aims to broaden the discussion of access to scholarly research by inviting students to express their views creatively. The competition showcases student productions and offers instructors a fun and thought-provoking class assignment.

By co-sponsoring, ACRL hopes that librarians will use this contest as a tool for talking with students and faculty about information use and policy, thereby increasing information fluency in a creative way. This contest supports librarians in engaging with a population which increasingly embraces user-generated content.

The 2008 contest theme is “MindMashup: The Value of Information Sharing.” Well-suited for adoption as a college class assignment, the Sparky Awards invites contestants to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information. Entries must be received by November 30, 2008. For full details, see the contest Web site. ACRL joins the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Penn Libraries (at the University of Pennsylvania), Students for Free Culture (SFC), and The Student PIRGs in co-sponsoring the contest with SPARC.

ACRL Instruction Section 2008 Discussion Forum available online

The ACRL Instruction Section Research & Scholarship Committee is pleased to offer the content of its Midwinter 2008 Discussion Forum, “Research Into Action: Leveraging Research Into IL Instruction” on the IS Website. An audio recording of the session is available to download or stream, and a PDF of the forum’s Recommended Reading List is also available.

The forum was held on January 13, 2008 in Philadelphia and featured panelists Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Scott Walter of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Michelle L. Zafron from the University at Buffalo.

Information Literacy Standards for Anthropology and Sociology Students

The ACRL Board of Directors approved the new Information Literacy Standards for Anthropology and Sociology Students at the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The standards were developed by the ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) Instruction and Information Literacy Committee Task Force on IL Standards.

These standards make a valuable addition to ACRL’s growing collection of discipline-specific information literacy standards.

Opportunity to Collaborate on Info Lit Game

Karen Markey, faculty member at The University of Michigan Library School of Information is asking for an institution and/or individual to collaborate on testing an information literacy online board game they have designed under the auspices of a grant from the Delmas Foundation.

See the story about the invitation to collaborate with the Univ. of Michigan SLIS and take a look at the project main page.

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