Information literacy judged at 2012 Undergraduate Exhibition

April 17, 2012

Information literacy for all students is a goal of Penn State's University Libraries, and to help highlight its importance, the Libraries have funded cash awards as part of the 2012 Undergraduate Research Exhibition, co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Schreyers Honor College in partnership with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, the University Libraries, and Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.

 Information Literacy winners for 2012 include: Amarpreet Ahluwalia, first place; Emily Valerio and Jinling Liu, a group project for second place; and Stephen Wellard, Nari Kim, Su Jen Khoo and Qiao Kai Law, a group project for third place. Honorable mention included William Crozier, Chelsea Gilliam, Alexandra Martinson, Joseph Shields and Alexander Kinney.

Although students can find a great volume of information on the Internet, it is not always accurate. Students need to learn information literacy skills more than ever before. They need to know how to locate, evaluate and use information to solve problems or compose discourse. According to Bonnie Osif, engineering reference and instruction librarian, "Overall, I think the exhibition is a great chance for the students to showcase their research and to explain it to people outside their programs. It is a great chance for them to describe their research process. The librarians involved in judging get to see the results of our collection development, instruction and research consultations as well as an up close view of what one of our primary user groups is doing and how they are applying library resources and skills."

Librarians Bonnie Imler, Jeff Knapp, Bob Tolliver, Dawn Childress, Kevin Clair, Helen Sheehy, Kevin Harwell, Amanda Clossen and John Meier, representing the arts and humanities, business, earth and mineral sciences, health and life sciences, and social and behavioral sciences and campus library locations, selected the top projects for recognition.

For more about the award, including video interviews with the winners and the winning posters, see and for information on services available through Library Learning Services, call 814-865-6368 or visit online.


Last Updated April 24, 2012