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Information Portals: A New Tool for Teaching Information Literacy Skills
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship
  • Debra Kolah, Rice University
  • Michael Fosmire, Purdue University
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This is the published version of Kolah, D. and Fosmire, M. (Winter 2010). Information Portals: A New Tool for Teaching Information Literacy Skills. First published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 60. and is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5062/F4KH0K85.

Abstract

Librarians at Rice and Purdue Universities created novel assignments to teach students important information literacy skills. The assignments required the students to use a third-party web site, PageFlakes and NetVibes, respectively, to create a dynamically updated portal to information they needed for their research and class projects. The use of off-the-shelf web 2.0 technology to enable students to discover the latest information in their subject areas of interest provides an engaging, hands-on environment with immediate feedback on the quality of their searching. The authors provide a basic introduction to the use of the 'portal' web site. Then, the results of using this technique, for graduate students in physics in one case and junior/senior level undergraduates in the other, are analyzed, and recommendations for the integration of this type of assignment in other courses are given.

Keywords
  • information literacy; information portals
Date of this Version
1-1-2010
DOI
10.5062/F4KH0K85
Citation Information
Kolah, Debra and Michael Fosmire. (2010) “Information Portals: A new tool for teaching information literacy skills.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 60. http://www.istl.org/10-winter/refereed1.html