New Open Resource Designed to Improve Information Literacy Skills

Information Literacy Concepts

Two librarians from East Carolina University have produced a new open-access digital resource targeted to help students successfully complete research assignments. Information Literacy Concepts, an open educational resource  introduces  students to information literacy topics and gives them an overview of how to conduct their own research.

According to the authors,  David Hisle, Learning Technologies Librarian, and Katy Kavanagh Webb, Head of Research and Instructional Services:

 “Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data, and scholarship ethically.

“We want to prepare our students for today’s rapidly changing information landscape. Information literacy skills are essential not just in the work they do as student researchers, but also as college graduates who will need to know how to find and evaluate information to meet their real-world information needs.”

Content includes chapters stemming from navigating search engines, library databases, and discovery tools, to evaluating source credibility and recognizing fake news.

Information Literacy Concepts is available at http://media.lib.ecu.edu/DE/tutorial/OER/Information_Literacy_Concepts.pdf

Seminar: Open-Access Publishing @ Benedictine University

Open Access, Predatory Publishing & Constellation

Wednesday, March 15 – 12:00 – 12:45 PM

Library Conference Room – KN 311

Open access journals and institutional repositories benefit the scholarly community, but open access has also opened the door to predatory publishing. Often, predatory journals use convincing titles and list prominent academics on their editorial boards without permission, making it difficult to distinguish them from legitimate journals.

Among the questions addressed by our archivist Katy Scullin and emerging technologies librarian Sarah Kurpiel will be:

  • What is the difference between green and gold open access?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the myths?
  • How can I tell if an open access journal is legitimate or predatory?
  • If I publish in a traditional journal, how can I retain some rights to my work?
  • How do I deposit my work in Constellation?
  • What ethical concerns surround for-profit repositories and Sci-Hub?

There will be time at the end of the presentation for discussion.  In addition, Sarah and Katy will be available to help  you to set up a Constellation account.

Questions?  Please contact jhopkins@ben.edu (x6052)

Phony vs Legit

“How Do You Know A Journal or Publisher Is Legitimate?” by Dana Haugh, Stony Hook University LIbraries