Reflections from MLS Students’ Perceptions of Information Literacy Modules – a SoTL Study




SoTL, reflection in higher education, online learning object, information seeking


Bringing together graduate students from different backgrounds into an online MLS program means that they show up with varying degrees of skills and competences in information literacy when they first start. As LIS educators, we often have trouble knowing where to fit this instruction into our courses, or we hesitate to take valuable instruction time from other concepts since we believe students should already arrive with a good understanding of information literacy from their undergraduate experience. Although it’s often assumed that graduate MLS students already have a good handle on information literacy, in this researcher’s experience, this is not always the case. This qualitative study of students’ self-reflections during completion of information literacy modules looks at two semesters of data from our program’s core Librarianship course and are being approached as a scholarship of teaching and learning study through the lens of constructivism from an andragogical perspective. Common emerging are that students still experience research anxiety at this level and that gaps in schooling can leave students unsure of their current competency level. Results so far indicate that students are overall appreciative of the modules and that the knowledge gained and information literacy concepts from prior experience remembered is helpful to them. They report using these skills and competencies immediately during coursework and plan to use them in the future in their jobs and life.

Author Biographies

Holly S. Hebert, Middle Tennessee State University

Holly S. Hebert is an Assistant Professor in the Education Leadership department in the College of Education at Middle Tennessee State University. She teaches in the Master of Library Science Program.

Dr. Karen Nourse Reed, Middle Tennessee State University

Karen Nourse Reed, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Middle Tennessee State University where she works at the James E. Walker Library as the Education Librarian.

Dr. Kevin Krahenbuhl, Middle Tennessee State University

Kevin Krahenbuhl, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in the Educational Leadership Department of the College of Education.






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