Information literacy judged at 2011 Undergraduate Exhibition

April 18, 2011

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 2011 Undergraduate Research Exhibition. An annual event, the exhibition is co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Schreyer Honors College in partnership with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, the University Libraries, and Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.

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 Osif, Bob Tolliver, Dawn Childress, Kevin Clair, Helen Sheehy, Bonnie Imler, Kevin Harwell, and John Meier, representing the arts and humanities, business, engineering, health and life sciences, and social and behavioral sciences and campus library locations, selected the top projects for recognition.

Information Literacy winners for 2011 include: first place Jaclyn Kanrich, "The Effects of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Comorbidity on Social Skills Deficits;" second place James Hasse, "Mood Music: An Investigation of Auditory-Affective Synesthesia using BOLD fMRI;" third place Angela Brosnan, "The Representation of Pagan Women in Rabelais' le Quart Livre (1548);" honorable mention Arlana Henry, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Judicial Sentencing: The Case of Pennsylvania;" Dana Drew, "The Geochemical Evolution of the Diamante Caldera-Maipo Volcanic Complex, Southern Volcanic Zone;" and Sarah Pugh "Pregnancy Brain: Association of Maternal Exercise on Psychological Health and Cognitive Functioning."

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  • Nandi Nelson (far right) explained her study that investigates how paternal incarceration influences co-parenting support and parenting stress to Libraries' Information Literacy judges Kevin Clair (right) and Dawn Childress (middle).

    IMAGE: Catherine Grigor
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