Using Library Resources and Technology to Develop Global and Collaborative Workspaces

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Journal on Educational Technology


Information literacy is defined as a "set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information" (ACRL, 2011). Similarly, the "Big6®" consists of (i) defining the task, (ii) defining strategies for seeking information, (iii) locating and accessing information, (iv) knowing how to use the information found, (v) knowing how to synthesize the information found, and (vi) knowing how to evaluate the information found (Eisenberg, 2012). Regardless of whether we are talking about information literacy or the "Big6", there are commonalities in what is being done and taught. Why should K-16 students, instructors, and researchers spend time navigating to find the library catalog or the databases they need to search? Why not provide direct resource links so more time can be spent finding, evaluating, and synthesizing the actual information? To address these questions, online tutorials explaining how to use persistent links to databases, journals, books, book lists, journal lists, subject lists, and Internet resources were created. This article will address how these tutorials can be used to i) Connect library resources within web pages and Learning Management Systems to support classroom instruction, and ii) Explain how the research process can also be expedited in global and collaborative workspaces (Bothma, Bothma, & Cronjé, 2008).

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