Friday, June 10 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Outside of the Academic Garden: Lifelong Learning for Engineers in Practice

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Recent discourse in information literacy and scholarly communication has centered on questions of information access and privilege. In essence, when we teach students to use our highly-specialized, subscription-only resources, are we setting them off on a path up a false summit? At Northern Arizona University, we are partnering with our engineering program to tailor our information literacy curricula to students' long-term needs. We will present the results of our initial environmental scan, including focus groups and interviews with engineers, to better understand the information needs and access issues facing our graduates. We will also discuss what these findings mean for curriculum design, including not only open access options for locating engineering information, but broader issues of information privilege and access so that our students can navigate and help shape a more open and equitable future for lifelong access and lifelong learning.


Mary DeJong

Librarian for the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, Cline Library, Northern Arizona University
I have been a science librarian since 1995 and joined Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2013. I am interested in exploring the alignment between information literacy skills currently taught to undergraduates, and the skills those students will need in their careers once they graduate... Read More →
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Wendy Holliday

Head of Teaching, Learning, and Research Services, Cline Library, Northern Arizona University

Friday June 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am MDT
Gould Auditorium Open Space Marriott Library (University of Utah campus)