The Teaching Faculty Award for the Support of Information Literacy, initiated in 2005, is an annual award given to an Augustana Campus teaching faculty member who has contributed consistently and notably to the support and promotion of information literacy at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta. Nominations are accepted from Augustana students, staff, faculty and administrators.
The Award Committee (Paul Neff, Kara Blizzard, Glynnis Hood) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Teaching Faculty Award for the Support of Information Literacy is Dr. Yvonne Becker. The award was presented at the 14th Annual Augustana Information Literacy Workshop.
The nomination letter noted that while Yvonne has promoted information literacy (IL) in her classes for many years she took it a step higher recently by incorporating this work into several scholarly presentations.
At the American Library Association conference held in Las Vegas this past June, she presented two papers. The first was “Her Voice Was Heard: Undergraduate Women’s Studies Students Compare Narrative and Traditional Scholarly Resources in their Research”, and the second was titled, “Women’s Studies and Human Books: A Valuable Information Literacy Experiment”. These two papers as well as another titled “Voices and Words: Using Human Books and Scholarly Articles to Understand Gender and Sexuality” presented at this year’s Congress Conference at Brock University, drew upon Augustana’s IL initiative called the Human Library. Dr. Becker’s papers provided national and international recognition and promotion of IL at Augustana.
Back in the classroom, Dr. Becker’s practice of having her students use Human Books as resources (including citing them) was innovative and challenged students to learn and engage with topics in ways beyond more traditional assignments.
These accomplishments, along with her long standing practice of incorporating additional IL elements in course assignments led her teaching colleagues to nominate her for this award, and subsequently convinced the award committee of her suitability as this year’s winner.