The University of Alberta Augustana Campus is pleased to announce that Sofie Forsström is the winner of the 2007-2008 Augustana Information Literacy Student Award for Library Research. Ms. Forsström received the Award in recognition of the excellence of her library research for her paper “The biodiversity monitoring potential of the Augustana field course in Costa Rica.” Ms. Forsström wrote the paper for Environmental Studies 301, taught by Dr. Doris Audet, who supported Ms. Forsström’s application for the Award. Ms. Forsström’s insightful and effective work greatly impressed the Award selection committee, which consisted of Augustana librarians and teaching faculty. Ms. Forsström recently convocated from Augustana Campus with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies.
Initiated in the 2005-2006 academic year, this Award honours Augustana students who make extensive and successful use of the Augustana Campus Library’s services and resources. To be considered for the Award, a student must submit an application package containing a paper written for an Augustana course, a personal essay describing the research experience, and a letter of support from the course’s professor. The Award recipient receives a plaque and a $500 cash prize, and as well, a book in the Augustana library is dedicated to him/her.
The Augustana Campus Library has been recognized provincially, nationally, and internationally for its innovative and broad information literacy initiatives. These initiatives provide opportunities for the Augustana community to learn how to find and use library and information resources �o crucial skills for success both at university and throughout life. In addition to the Information Literacy Awards, the Library promotes the development of strong critical thinking and research skills through 21 discipline-specific information literacy credit courses, in-class presentations, and an annual workshop featuring experts from around the world.