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LSUA Librarian Lead Author on Information Literacy Article

Released: 11/12/2009

Debra Rollins, associate librarian at LSU Alexandria, is the lead author of a research article on information literacy in Portal: Libraries and the Academy. The article, “Are We There Yet?” chronicles the development of information literacy and highlights Louisiana’s initiatives in integrating information literacy in accreditation criteria for general education.

Contributing authors are Jessica Hutchings of McNeese and Melissa Goldsmith and Tony Fonseca of Nicholls State. Portal: Libraries and the Academy is a professional journal of peer-reviewed articles addressing research among academic libraries.

“The American Association of Colleges and Universities has identified information literacy as an essential 21st century learning outcome for students in professional and occupational majors as well as those in the traditional liberal arts,” said Rollins. “A layman’s definition of information literacy is the combination of skills that enables a student to recognize the need for information, the ability to find and evaluate information, and the responsible incorporation of that information into one’s knowledge base.”

Rollins chaired the Information Literacy Committee of the Louisiana Academic Library and Information Consortium for three years. Data from institutional-awareness surveys of universities in 2002, 2006 and 2008 was used to support the article.