Campus: CSU Fullerton -- May 01, 2002
Information Literacy Program Earns National Honor
for CSU Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton has been awarded a Best Practices honor from the
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its efforts
to foster information literacy.
Collaboration among the university's Pollak Library, Faculty Development
Center and Academic Affairs Division led to the award.
Launched last spring with first-year funding from a California State
University system grant, a two-year, comprehensive program was developed
and implemented to encourage, assist and support academic departments
in enhancing and integrating information literacy within their curricula.
The focus of these efforts ranges from basic information gathering to
critically evaluating information from such sources as the Internet.
"Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning,"
said Suellen Cox, library instructional coordinator who directs the
program. "It is an intellectual framework common to all disciplines,
all learning environments and all levels of education. The CSUF Information
Literacy Program is designed to prepare students to be competent information-seekers
and lifelong-learners in the expanding digital world," she added.
Twenty academic departments participated in the program's initial year,
and 25 more are participating in the second year. The costs of the second
year's activities are being borne by the university.
A CSUF team will make presentations about the program as invited speakers
at two national conferences - on May 10 in Michigan before the Library
Orientation/Instruction Exchange, a national organization advocating
library instruction issues, and June 11-13 at the ACRL conference in
Atlanta. A division of the American Library Association, the ACRL is
dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information
professionals to serve the information needs of the higher-education
community, and to improve learning, teaching and research.
Media Contacts: Suellen Cox, library instructional coordinator, (714)
278-4619 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, (714) 278-4851 or email@example.com