Friday, 21 July 2006: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Advancing Information Literacy Knowledge and Skills Through Collaboration: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Learning Objective #1: To explore the need for Information Literacy competency in nursing and nursing education
Learning Objective #2: To describe the process for instituting a cross-discipline, cross-program Information Literacy plan in a college of nursing
Information literacy knowledge and skills are critical to providing evidence-based care in today's rapidly progressing healthcare environment. Healthcare providers must be able to recognize the need for information and be able to effectively locate, access electronically, retrieve, and use the information for decision-making in practice. Research (Pierce, 2000; Tanner, 2000; Pravikoff, Tanner & Pierce, 2005) indicates that today's nurses do not have these necessary information literacy knowledge and skills. In order to prepare the next generation of nurses to meet the information literacy challenge, education must begin early in the student nurses' schooling and continue throughout their programs so that they graduate with IL competencies necessary for practice. Using case study with critical analysis methodology, the symposium presenters build a definitive argument for the significance of IL for healthcare providers, then trace the journey undertaken by one College of Nursing and Allied Health, driven by the recognition of the need for information literacy knowledge and skills in its graduates, to solve the problem. A group of interdisciplinary faculty formed the Information Literacy Quality Circle to lead a grass roots movement to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based information literacy plan that crosses program and discipline boundaries. The journey initiated with the group's review of literature and the challenge to define information literacy within the context of nursing and allied health. Subsequently, the journey led them to: (1) identify the desired knowledge and skills for inclusion in the curricula; (2) develop a cross-curricula plan in an easily readable matrix format that facilitated progressive integration of IL by faculty into courses; and (3) evaluate the outcomes evolving from implementation of the plan. In conclusion, the group discusses lessons learned to date from the analysis of the strategies and current results of this exciting, rewarding, and replicable project.
Organizer:Susan T. Pierce, RN, EdD
 An Offer That Cannot Be Refused: The Evidence for Information Literacy Competency in Nursing Education and Practice
Susan T. Pierce, RN, EdD, Annelle Tanner, RN, EdD
 Developing a College of Nursing and Allied Health Information Literacy Program: An Interdisciplinary Process
Deborah Moore, Laura Aaron, PhD, MSRS, BS
 An Information Literacy Plan: Evaluation of Learner competencies and Outcomes
Diane Graham Webb, Debra P. Shelton, MSN, APRN, CNE