The ability to find and use information to solve problems, make decisions and conduct research is an essential requirement for everyone who wishes to successfully cope with today's information-rich world. Developing competencies in locating, accessing, evaluating, and constructing meaning out of these sources is the essence of information literacy. These skills are so critical to higher education and to life beyond it that the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools has identified information literacy as one of the essential components of a college education.
The Greenley Library offers information literacy instruction tailored to specific courses. The classes are designed to help students distinguish among various sources, determine if a source is appropriate for a given assignment and design effective research strategies. By integrating instruction within a class, we can insure that students' immediate academic needs are met while also teaching them skills that are applicable across disciplines.
Librarians can teach students how information is organized, how to best distinguish among a variety of sources that may be appropriate for their research, how to successfully navigate the internet and the library's on-line databases, and how to develop a research strategy. We use a combination of handouts, point-of-use guides, computer demonstrations, cooperative learning exercises and hands-on practice to reinforce skills in finding, evaluating and using information.
Jim Macinick MALS, MLS, is the Head of the library's Reference Department. He received his MLS from Queens College, CUNY and his MALS from SUNY Stony Brook. Jim has taught library instruction courses for many years, and also teaches in the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Farmingdale State.
Phone (631)420-2173; Fax (631)420-2473
Theresa Zahor MA, MLIS, is a Senior Assistant Librarian for the Reference Department. She received her Masters in Library & Information Science from C.W. Post at Long Island University, and a Masters in Educational Computing from Stony Brook University. Terry has taught library instruction courses across disciplines for many years, and also teaches Information Literacy to faculty to incorporate new technologies into their curriculum.
Phone (631)420-2472; Fax (631)420-2473