Students need to become information literate to succeed and compete in today's networked world. Learning communities, with their interdisciplinary focus, provide the perfect environment for integrated information literacy instruction. Librarians, who are on the front lines of this information revolution and offer expertise in digital and print media, electronic database searching, technology and resource-based learning, and other aspects of information literacy, are members of each learning community team.
Course instructors collaborate with librarians to design scaffolded, information-rich, shared assignments in order to strengthen students’ information literacy skills. In Opening Doors, librarians teach one SD 10 class to provide students with hands-on experience in locating and evaluating sources necessary to complete their assignments.
Prof. Betsy Thompkins (right) with Zuleika Rodriguez at the 2006 Evergreen State Learning Communities National Summer Institute.