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Information Literacy Courseware Addresses Key Needs at University of New Mexico

An article in the Los Alamos Daily Post describes UNM-LA’s commitment to information literacy instruction and how library director Dennis Davies-Wilson is using Credo's Information Literacy Courseware to improve learning outcomes. As the piece states in its opening sentence, “Students who find themselves swimming in the vast ocean of information while doing research are no longer lost at sea at UNM-LA.”

Library Director Dennis Davies-Wilson won his university’s Faculty Initiative Award in 2009 for his efforts to create multimedia instructional materials. He is quoted as saying, “Credo’s product gives students a much broader and more thorough idea of information literacy concepts, with hands-on experience, than what I can teach in one face-to-face session and two videos.”

Colleges and universities use the courseware to meet accreditation requirements around information literacy and critical thinking skill standards. The consistent baseline instruction and authentic, self-directed assessment build measurable skills that will aid students well beyond  their academic careers.  Campuses utilizing the courseware have seen an average student improvement of 25%-30% in information literacy and critical thinking skills.

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Do colleges and universities really teach higher-order thinking?

If higher education is supposed to teach higher-order thinking, then why is the business industry frustrated?

In today's fast-paced economy, employers need new hires who can fail fast, solve problems quickly, and learn continuously. At the core of these abilities are critical thinking and information literacy skills.

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Library Journal Q&A with Mike Sweet

Credo Reference is well known to librarians as the creator of Topic Pages, handy collections of reliable information on myriad subjects. The company is a champion of information literacy, having, for example, released various iterations of Literati, a customized resource that helps libraries to make the most of staff information-literacy expertise while freeing up their time by offering premade tutorials and assessments. Part of Literati is Credo's Information Literacy Course Modules, released last year. Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo, recently talked to LJ about Credo and libraries.

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CHOICE Reviews: Literati Academic

Building on previous iterations, Xfreferplus (CH, Apr'06, 43-4367) and Credo Reference (CH, Feb'09, 46-2980), Literati Academic, a customizable discovery service and research platform, offers searching and the full text of some 3.4 million individual entries from a wide range of subject-based reference works, along with images, videos, and audio files (more specialized subject and publisher collections are also available).

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E-Content in Libraries: 2013 in Review

In many ways, 2013 was less about changing the game and more about playing it well....Big "multi-media" stories of 2013 included Credo releasing its very first all-video collection.

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