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Information Literacy and Nursing Students. Librarians and Faculty Collaborating to Enhance Understanding Jane Magee California State University, Fresno NCNMLG/MLGSCA Joint Meeting Feb. 25, 2011. NCNMLG/MLGSCA 2011 Joint Meeting San Francisco, CA. Jane Magee

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information literacy and nursing students

Information Literacy and Nursing Students

Librarians and Faculty Collaborating to Enhance Understanding

Jane Magee

California State University, Fresno


Feb. 25, 2011

ncnmlg mlgsca 2011 joint meeting san francisco ca
NCNMLG/MLGSCA2011 Joint Meeting San Francisco, CA

Jane Magee

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Liaison to the College of Health and Human Services

Henry Madden Library

California State University, Fresno

information literacy
Information Literacy

As defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries, an information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

In other words, knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.

evidence based practice in nursing
Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

The process of locating, appraising, and applying the best evidence from nursing and medical literature to improve the quality of clinical practice.

Ask: formulate an answerable question from an information need

Acquire: identify articles and other evidence-based resources that answer the question

Appraise: search results for validity and usefulness

Apply: findings to your clinical practice and evaluate your professional performance

Information Literacy

Recognize need for info

Locate it

Evaluate it

Use it effectively

Evidence-Based Practice





Information literacy is an essential component in the application of EBP. Since one of the most important aspects of evidence-based practice is critical appraisal of the evidence, information literacy is an important element in the nursing curriculum. Therefore, IL skills are prerequisite to an evidence-based approach to nursing practice, quality patient outcomes, and a confident approach to lifelong learning.
esili enhancing student information literacy initiative
ESILI -- Enhancing Student Information Literacy Initiative

CSUF Provost’s Office / Instruction Librarians

Teaching faculty submit proposals

Financial incentive $$$$

Syllabus / assignment redesign to incorporate IL

CSU IL Coordinator orientation

Workshop – what they already do, what they could do

Enthusiasm !!!!!!

Buy in by all

collaborating with faculty
Collaborating with faculty
  • Group progress and feedback sessions
  • Meeting individually
  • Final report / revised syllabus
what librarians can do
What librarians can do
  • Instruction targeted at time of need
  • Assignment Research Calculator /
  • Libguides
  • Tutorials – existing or create new
  • Jing videos
  • BlackBoard presence
  • Scoring rubrics
how faculty benefit
How faculty benefit
  • Learning where IL initiatives may best be placed for maximum effectiveness
  • Influencing others that IL is beneficial to students and to adopt IL outcomes in their course work
  • Learning with their students how to effectively use library resources
  • Learning how IL can enhance their own understanding
  • Seeing an improvement in the quality of student work
so what did we come up with
So what did we come up with?
  • Pre and post tests
  • Library tutorials, plagiarism workshops, etc. required
  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Concept maps
  • Libguides, ARC
  • Assessment and scoring rubrics
  • Targeted instruction
  • BlackBoard


so what did we come up with1
So what did we come up with?
  • Clarify assignment and expectations
  • Break into smaller parts
  • Challenge assumptions
  • Inspire confidence
example annotated bibliography assignment
Example : Annotated bibliography assignment

Worksheet Template

  • Complete citation for article in APA style
  • Which databases or resources did you search?
  • How did you determine keywords to use in your search strategy?
  • How reliable do you find this information? Why?
  • Write an annotation for this article, evaluating the author’s major claims, the effectiveness of the argument, the reliability of the source, and any other reasons for choosing this article.
example pre post test questions with list of information sources
Example: Pre-/post test questions with list of information sources

Where would you look for :

1 A systematic review article on obesity and adolescents.

2 American Diabetes Association Nutrition Recommendations & Interventions for Diabetes

3 A study currently recruiting for Alzheimer’s treatment

4 A double blind trial for “Wrong Site Surgery”

other current projects
Other Current Projects
  • EBP Research Academy
  • Where do we go from here?
  • Surprises
  • What worked, what didn’t
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NCNMLG/MLGSCA2011 Joint Meeting San Francisco, CA

What innovations, new services, programs and technologies are you using and/or promoting in your library? How are you coping with the stress of budget cuts, decreased staffing, additional service demands, or information overload? What keeps you sane, gives you a lift, and inspires you to set and achieve new goals? Is technology helping you connect in new ways with your patrons? How are you working smarter? Is your library going green?  Are you developing any collaborations for research or funding library programs or collections?