Guerrieri Academic Commons arial view from front entrance.

Information Literacy Partner of the Month

November/December 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Diane Illig, chair of the Sociology Department, who is the SU Libraries’ Information Literacy Partner of the Month for November-December.  This is what Angeline Prichard, Research/Instructional Services Librarian and liaison to Sociology, wrote in nominating her:

I have taught classes for Dr. Illig’s SOCI321 Social Research course since I started. It was actually the first class I taught here and a wonderful welcome to SU. She has me do 2 sessions each time with them. The first is a more traditional IL research session, helping the students prepare for their lit review. Because it is a 300-level class, we get to play with some more advanced search techniques. The second section is a workshop where we look for raw data for each student to analyze. Dr. Illig always has me come in, and is eager to give the students time to explore in class with me. It really lets us find some unique things for the students’ projects. I appreciate her emphasis on the importance of conducting quality research in a timely manner and that this allows me to work with more advanced students to find some really unusual materials. It is an enjoyable challenge.
During the Spring ’15 Orientation, we started small with a pilot and reached just 80 new students. At last Fall’s Orientation, 836 new students (or 71% of 1186 new students) participated in interactive tours that engaged the groups with essential library spaces, tools, and services. Sara was a key part of organizing this huge success. As the library prepares to move into the new Academic Commons, Sara continues to work with me to make library tours a permanent, engaging, and growing part of SU’s Orientation tradition.
Angeline Prichard Research/Instructional Librarian

It is for this willingness to creatively work with librarians to help students develop a comfort level with the library that we have chosen Dr. Illig as the SU Libraries’ Information Literacy Partner of the Month for November-December.

In addition to recognizing Dr. Illig on the SU Libraries’ website and social media, we also will purchase a book in a field of her choice to be added to the Libraries’ collection in her honor.