Spring break this week! I’m enjoying working on special projects (ex. a screencast highlighting the useful country reports provided in Ebsco Business Source) and getting caught up on reading.
The spring issue of Academic BRASS is out. It includes “Creating an Information Literacy Course in Hospitality and Tourism Management: A Case Study” by Kelly Evans, a former BLINC member who moved up to Purdue. A professor in the Hospitality and Tourism Management department proposed creating an information literacy class required of all new HTM majors. The class ended up being a one-credit course taught in eight weeks. Kelly writes about the assignments she and her colleague created and summarizes their assessment findings.
Kelly also has a new article, coauthored by Hal Kirkwood of Purdue, called “Embedded Librarianship and Virtual Environments in Entrepreneurship Information Literacy: A Case Study” in the latest issue — Special Issue: Part 2: Information Literacy — of the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship.
Editor Lisa G. O’Connor must have had a goal to cover info lit as broadly as possible. In addition to articles focusing on info lit in business schools, one of the articles focuses on community colleges: “Workplace Information Literacy: A Neglected Priority for Community College Libraries” by Nora J. Bird, Michael Crumpton, Melynda Ozan, and Tim Williams, friends from here at UNCG.
The issue begins with a fascinating article by Jason Sokoloff of James Madison University titled “Information Literacy in the Workplace: Employer Expectations.” Jason surveyed employers of recent JMU business graduates and compares ACRL guidelines to the managers’ expectations. The contrasts are sometimes striking. I’m going to write more about this article and its findings in a near-future post.
“Developing and Assessing a Library Instruction Module for a Core Business Class” by Connie Strittmatter of Montana State University discusses her work with the required Managerial Communication class, BUS 201. The nature of this class is similar to UNCG’s MGT 309, Business Communications, which I wrote about recently. I’ll need to spend more time with Connie’s article.