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 Wednesday, May 11th through Friday, May 13th 2022. 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 May 11th-13th; Our plan is for this workshop to be in-person in ZSR.
  • 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 14 faculty, with priority given to faculty teaching introductory courses in the Fall of 2022.  If you are interested in participating, please fill out this brief application form. Applications will be due by Tuesday, March 1st, and notifications will go out by Friday, March 18th.

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)