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Bridging the Gap Conference Resources: Information Literacy Track

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Information Literacy

K-12 educators play a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for essential research skills, which are further developed in higher education. We’ll explore collaborative strategies to enhance instruction, avoid redundancy, and address the challenges first-year students face. Discover effective teaching methods and resources available for integrating information literacy into your curriculum. 

Presentation 1

Information Heroes and Villains 

Katie Luder

In today's digital age, accessing high-quality information has become increasingly challenging, with many high-quality information sources locked behind paywalls. Freely accessible information sources, like Wikipedia, are often considered to be avoided at all costs. But where and for what kind of information can these open sources be appropriate and helpful? Additionally, what kind of more traditionally valued and respected resources have open access options? We will discuss how librarians find, share, and evaluate information, what open access options we have found, and what sources your fellow teachers turn to. 

Presentation 2

From Reliance to Resilience: Teaching Versatile Research Strategies 

Stephanie Western & Katie Strand 

In the rapidly evolving information landscape, students navigate a myriad of research platforms and tools. This presentation will delve into the potential consequences of depending too heavily on one platform and discuss the importance of our students developing the fundamental skills necessary to become adaptable, research-savvy individuals.  Participants will help craft a repository of openly accessible research platforms and tools in efforts to support our current educational efforts and serve students as life-long learners.  

Presentation 3

Ctrl+Shift+Educate: Tools and Challenges for Unleashing Digital Literacy Potential 

Rachel Lawyer

The future is here and students are born-native users of digital technologies, creating a generational divide between how students and instructors understand the digital world. As librarians, we are beginning to see major shifts in how students access and use our digital resources, and we want to know how that is manifesting in the secondary education classroom. In this presentation, presenter and attendees will discuss our observations of the barriers to student success with digital literacy, as well as developing practices in pedagogy to support digital literacy education and free tools you can use and are using in your classroom to increase student engagement. This presentation will follow an unconference format where attendees will have the opportunity to guide the discussion based on subtopics they are interested in exploring further.