Information Literacy and the Returning Masters Student: Observations from the Library Side
Anne Switzer, Frank Lepkowski, Oakland University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Teachers returning for their Master's degrees face significant challenges when they begin to do research. Information literacy skills that they may have possessed on graduation even two or three years previously, rarely receive sufficient practice in their daily professional lives to maintain the fluency now essential to their success. When reacquainted with the university environment extended absence they undergo a "shock of the new" which can be disorienting and no small cause of stress and anxiety. Particular areas that require sustained practice include becoming proficient with the new search interfaces for ERIC, the library catalog and other databases; new mechanisms for document retrieval; and the elements of successful search strategy including keyword selection, truncation, Boolean operators and meaningful limits. Effective group and individual instruction, and a team-teaching approach with the course instructor make for successful information literacy for the returning master's student.
Switzer, A. & Lepkowski, F. (2007). Information Literacy and the Returning Masters Student: Observations from the Library Side. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1343-1348). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).