Spotlight on Dawn Schmitz

  photo of Dawn SchmitzDawn Schmitz, one of our current MLIS students in the archives Specialization, has received one of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Scholarly Information Resources for work at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign. In April she earned a Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh.

In this one-year postdoctoral fellowship, the UIUC Library Fellow in Digital Information Literacy for the Humanities will work collaboratively with the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction and relevant Library units and campus departments to investigate digital information literacy needs for courses in one or more humanities disciplines. The focus will be at the undergraduate level, in the context of the campus learning management system (WebCT-based), with the intention of identifying and implementing digital approaches to integrating information literacy resources into the learning environment. Such digital information literacy resources are likely to include learning objects that instruct on search strategy, critical evaluation of sources, citation styles, use of particular databases, and identifying relevant print materials. It is anticipated the digital approach would draw upon current conceptions of institutional repositories and electronic resource registries but apply those approaches to an instructional situation. Dr. Schmitz will also have the opportunity to work closely with Librarians in the Communications Library and the Reference Library in order to explore how students use the Library and its services.