Senior Assistant Librarian Diana Wakimoto

Senior Assistant Librarian Diana Wakimoto

Research proves that CSUEB freshmen do like information literacy

  • April 19, 2010 4:00am

Senior Assistant Librarian Diana Wakimoto recently had her research on the Cal State East Bay information literacy course published in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.

In the study, “Information Literacy Instruction Assessment and Improvement through Evidence Based Practice: A Mixed Method Study”(pdf),  Wakimoto studied CSUEB students' learning and satisfaction in an information literacy course, a two-credit information literacy course required for all first-year students.  “The learning objectives for this course are the ability to: formulate a research question, develop and use appropriate search strategies, evaluate strategies and results, describe research processes and communicate results, and understand and apply principles of information ethics.”

The study concluded that while many students entered the course without any concept of information literacy, they found information literacy to be “personally relevant and were able to articulate connections among information, power, and society. The majority of students were satisfied with the course.”

This article was first presented as a paper at the 5th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP5) Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2009.

--Kimberly Legocki

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