The Internet has made people a little lazy. Type in a question, and the answer appears.
But what to do when you can’t find the information you need online or you aren’t sure what’s popping up on your screen is the whole story? How do you know the information is accurate, and if it is, do you really know the best way to use it?
The answer to those questions lies in U-Research: Engage. Empower. Enhance. U-Research is a new program designed to improve MC students’ information literacy skills. Incorporated into regular classes and other activities, U-Research teaches students how to recognize when information is needed, how to find the right information, and how to put that information to good use.
U-Research is Mississippi College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP. All universities accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS), including MC, are required to create a QEP that enhances the educational experience. U-Research will be one of the many things leaders with the SACS will look at during a reaccreditation site visit to MC April 17-19, 2012.
“Information literacy includes critical thinking skills that are crucial not only for academic success, but also for success in the workplace,” says Susan Newman, the Leland Speed Library reference coordinator, who is co-chairing the U-Research project. “Information literacy ranges from gathering relevant information to asking appropriate questions – all skills graduates need to compete in a knowledge-based workforce.”