ZSR Library invites all Wake Forest faculty teaching divisionals, first year seminars, and introductory writing courses to join us in a 3-day workshop on advancing the information literacy skills of students taking introductory courses. Faculty who would like to further develop or engage with information literacy concepts or skills in their courses are encouraged to apply. The workshop will be held in-person (unless public health conditions require moving online) from Monday, August 16th through Wednesday, August 18th, 2021. All faculty teaching these courses are invited, regardless of rank or career stage. All participants will receive a stipend of $750 at the completion of the workshop. 

As defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries in The Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, information literacy is “the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.” Workshop topics will include both theoretical topics and practical outcomes; these might include:

  • The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, as well as discipline-specific information literacy Frameworks 
  • Critical Information Literacy, which examines how systems of power and oppression operate in the library and information landscape
  • How and why mis- and disinformation spreads online and how to detect and avoid it
  • Algorithms and how they impact the information we see (and don’t see) 
  • Current best practices for teaching information literacy, including new models of source evaluation and fact checking 
  • Information literacy across the disciplines and how it can be applied in different contexts
  • Assignment design best practices, with examples and workshop time 
  • 1-to-1 meetings with expert disciplinary library faculty 

Project participants agree to:

  • Complete some information literacy readings in preparation for the workshop
  • Participate in the 3-day workshop from August 16th-18th; Our current plan is for this workshop to be in-person in ZSR. We will pivot online should public health recommendations require it. 
  • Commit to prepare, revise, and submit course lesson plans, assignments, or syllabi that reflect deeper engagement with information literacy-related concepts 
  • Provide end of the semester feedback on the workshop

Space will be limited to 12 faculty, with priority given to faculty teaching introductory courses in the Fall of 2021. The program will be repeated again in January for faculty teaching in the Spring of 2022.  If you are interested in participating, please fill out this brief application form. Applications will be due by Friday, May 7th, and notifications will go out by Friday, May 14th. 

Questions can be directed to Amanda Kaufman (kaufmaaf@wfu.edu), Meghan Webb (webbmm@wfu.edu), Hu Womack (womack@wfu.edu), or Rosalind Tedford (tedforrl@wfu.edu)