Librarians Discuss Information Literacy, Collaboration at WSU May 9

Studies show that professors overestimate students’ abilities to locate, assess and legally use information resources, and students often misjudge their own searching and evaluating skills.

Two college librarians will discuss ways they teach information literacy skills in English composition, science and nursing programs during a free talk 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, in Terrell Library 103.

Information literacy refers to finding appropriate and meaningful information and using it correctly to high academic standards. More about information literacy can be found at

Janine Odlevak and Linda Keys, librarians at Spokane Community College, will offer an understanding of SCC’s library instruction program and enhance attendees’ liaison and teaching skills. Many WSU students transfer from Spokane-area community colleges.

The librarians will be joined by several SCC departmental faculty, including composition director Betsy Lawrence, who will talk about their perspectives on collaborative work with librarians.

“One of the ways to meet the goal of information literacy for students is to nurture and develop a relationship with a liaison librarian,” said Corey Johnson, WSU Libraries head of library instruction. “These librarians can consult with professors about more focused sources of information for developing assignments, help with grading assignments, write test questions and offer consultation sessions with students to help them find scholarly materials.”