Information Literacy Scholars Program

The Information Literacy Scholars Program is a six-week program designed to inform, instruct, and inspire a small cohort of UF Innovation Academy students to take control of the information they receive and disseminate in their field of study. Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” (American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy.)

Each week, students will engage in small group discussion and planning to eventually lead to a presentation on a topic of their choice, focusing on fact-based, current research. Led by Smathers Libraries employees, students will receive one-on-one guidance to becoming a responsible steward of knowledge. 

Week 1: Introduction to information

  • Location: Library West, Room 211
  • Date: Thursday, 08/29
  • Time: 12:50 – 2:45pm
  • Presenter: April Hines

Week 2: Developing your research question

  • Location: Library West, Room 211
  • Date: Thursday, 09/25
  • Time: 12:50 – 2:45pm
  • Presenter: April Hines and Lisa Campbell

Week 3: Searching strategically for information

  • Location: Library West, Room 211
  • Date: Thursday, 09/12
  • Time: 12:50 – 2:45pm
  • Presenter: Lisa Campbell and Jasmine Simmons

Week 4: Evaluating source credibility

  • Location: Library West, Room 211
  • Date: Thursday, 09/19
  • Time: 12:50 – 2:45pm
  • Presenter: Lisa Campbell and Jasmine Simmons

Week 5: Selecting and citing sources

  • Location: Marston Science Library, Room 136
  • Date: Thursday, 09/26
  • Time: 12:50 – 2:45pm
  • Presenter: Jasmine Simmons and Lisa Campbell

Week 6: Designing and presenting information

  • Location: Marston Science Library, Room 136
  • Date: 10/03
  • Time: 12:50 – 2:45pm
  • Presenter: Lisa Campbell and Matthew Daley

Presentation / Ceremony

  • Location: TBD
  • Date: 10/17
  • Time: 12:50 – 2:45pm

About Innovation Academy: The University of Florida Innovation Academy (IA) was developed to equip students with the 21st-century skills needed to thrive in an innovative culture. IA is an undergraduate spring/summer program that teaches innovation through an innovation minor embedded in +25 majors across seven colleges, and we offer vast co-curricular experiences including a living-learning community and multiple program-specific student organizations. Given our unique schedule, IA students have the opportunity to enjoy Fall co-curricular activities, pursue internships, study abroad, or enjoy the break at home.

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About the Smathers Libraries: The Smathers Libraries collaborate with UF faculty, students and staff, as well as the University’s collaborators and constituents, to facilitate knowledge creation that contributes to UF’s standing as a preeminent public research university. The Libraries encourage creativity and inquiry necessary to support the University’s global ambitions and play an important role in attracting and retaining top students, faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Alex Avelino (aavelino@ufl.edu) or Lucy Searcy (lucysearcy@aa.ufl.edu)