Experience + Research = Scholarship: Integrating Information Literacy into Reading- and Writing-Intensive Courses in the Arts and Humanities

By Shannon Van Kirk and Ben Jacks.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper describes the dynamic librarian/faculty partnership required to maintain the balance between the practical and the creative without sacrificing course content when preparing undergraduates for lifelong learning.

Keywords: Information Literacy, Librarian/Faculty Collaboration, Writing-Intensive Courses, Architecture, Interior Design

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 9, pp.275-280. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.747MB).

Ms Shannon Van Kirk

Shannon Van Kirk became Head of the Art and Architecture Library at Miami University, in the fall of 1999, moving to Oxford, Ohio, from Nashville, Tennessee, where she was a Reference Librarian at Vanderbilt University's Central Library. Before joining the staff at Central, Shannon worked at Vanderbilt's Education Library for four years. This daily exposure to the literature and resources of Education strengthened her commitment to the teaching role of librarians. Originally from Los Angeles, Shannon received her B.A., Art, from Immaculate Heart College. Later, while living and working in Nashville, she earned her Masters Degree in Library and Information Studies at The University of Alabama. As an exhibiting artist, Shannon is able to relate to the professional needs of the faculty and students in Art and Architecture. Her current research focus is assessment in Discipline-based Information Literacy Instruction. She counts herself fortunate to have made connections to several faculty members in both Art and Architecture who welcome the added dimension of an information professional in the classroom who knows the vocabulary and methodologies of their disciplines.

Ben Jacks

Ben Jacks, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio teaches Design and Human Behavior, Design and Research Methods, and design studios to undergraduates and graduates.


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