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IL & Service-Learning: Women's Studies course at Eastern Michigan University

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011

Another article highlighting an example of integrating service-learning and information literacy found me this morning, Combining academic service-learning and information literacy: A new framework for an introductory women's studies course by Solange Simoes and Suzanna Gray can be found in the Eastern Michigan University Digital Commons at

Research Portfolios (EDT 110)

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Since our class ended in early March, I've been reflecting on how we can improve the research portfolios. As it stands now, the students include annotated bibliographies in the portfolio, along with recommendations for the agency. The recommendations were a new requirement this past quarter. Our aim was to get students to synthesize the information they were finding, rather than just summarizing it. In most classes, they would write a paper. However, our class is only 2 credits, and the focus is supposed to be on the research process, not writing the research paper.

More SL & IL connections

Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I've been digging in the literature trying to find someone who had tried incorporating service learning and information literacy in upper-division subject specific courses. I'm not sure how this article escaped my attention for the last year - perhaps it's because it is outside of the library literature. "Reinventing the box: Faculty-librarian collaborative efforts to foster service learning for political engagement," was published in the Journal for Civic Commitment in January 2010 by Marcia Hernandez and Lorrie A. Knight at University of the Pacific.

SL Discussion at ACRL

Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Join Jennifer Nutefall and I at ACRL for a round table discussion: Strengthening information literacy through service learning partnerships. This round table discussion takes place Friday, April 1 from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Exhibit Hall in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. I believe we're at Round Table #13. Details: Participants will explore Service Learning (SL) pedagogy in order to discover practical ways to contribute to SL collaborations at their institutions.

IL Course (EDT 110) Week 9

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011

Next week, March 8, our students will turn in their completed research portfolios to Project READ.  So this week (week 9), the groups were working fast and furious to continue compiling their portfolios and write appropriate recommendations based on their research.  This is the part where the students apply critical thinking skills by synthesizing the research they found. Students also took a very brief 5-question review "quiz."  The quiz covered the big concepts we covered, like evaluating information and the invisible web.

IL course (EDT 110) Week 8

Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Last week in class, our students spent time working in groups to revise their citations and annotations for the annotated bibliography and also begin to compile some recommendations based on their research.  We met with each team separately to check on their progress and make some suggestions about how to improve their citations and annotations and how to start writing recommendations.  Since our goal is for the students to experience all stages of information literacy, the recommendations they will write will be a way for them to synthesize the information they have found.