SHORELINE, WA — In the old days, the library was the place to go for information, usually in print forms – books, journals, newspapers and microfiche. Today, with more information than can possibly be managed and all of it right at our fingertips, students need to be able to find the information they need quickly and efficiently.
Over the past year and a half, Tom Moran, Interim Dean of Library, eLearning and Information Services at Shoreline Community College, has led a group of college librarians from around the state in developing a series of Web-based Information literacy tutorials designed to help students with research skills.
“The tutorials are organized within broad categories (finding Information, search techniques and evaluating Information) that correspond closely with national standards, Moran said. “Within each of these broad categories are a number of modules focusing on specific themes - Google search tips, primary and secondary sources, etc. The organization scheme is easily adaptable, allowing new modules to be added or deleted from the main areas as needed.”
One of the central features of the project is a 30-question information literacy quiz representing national standards considered appropriate for two-year college students. Information literacy has been identified as one of Shoreline’s six core skills, or General Education Outcomes, that students are expected to demonstrate to receive a degree from Shoreline.
Testing of the tutorials is occurring now and wider distribution could occur as soon as this coming spring. The tutorials were developed with no specific institution information so that each college can apply their own branding and Moran and others are looking at adapting the work for use at Shoreline.
“Faculty collaborating across the state in the creation and implementation of online learning modules related to general education requirements is a model we need to continue to support and develop,” said Shoreline’s Vice President for Academic Affairs John Backes.
Since it was funded through the SBCTC, the tutorials are available for use and local branding by any community college in the state.
Money for the work came from a grant by the eLearning Council of Washington State that was administered through the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. With Moran as grant manager, the work involved several librarians from different community colleges across the state, primarily Kitty Mackey from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Meryl Geffner, former Shoreline Community College associate faculty librarian, also made significant contributions to the effort.