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How do today's students find information and conduct research for coursework and use in their everyday lives? Discover what we have learned at Project Information Literacy (PIL), an ongoing research study that has surveyed and interviewed more than 13,000 college students at over 50 US colleges and universities since 2008. Our findings indicate a large majority of students still attend college to learn, but many are lost in a thicket of information overload. Nearly all students intentionally use a small compass for navigating the ever-widening and complex information landscape they inhabit. They struggle with managing the IT devices that permeate their lives and endlessly distract them. Most students turn to professors, friends, family members - or no one at all - for help with research, rather than asking librarians. What’s a librarian to do? Key takeaways are presented from the PIL studies, including a discussion of their implications for teaching, learning, work, and librarianship in the 21st century. A reception will follow the lecture. For further information, please visit the Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture page.
Watzek Library is proud to announce the James J. Kopp First-year Research Awards. Two first-year students who submit research projects produced in the spring 2013 semester of E&D, which exemplify excellence in the discovery and use of library and scholarly resources, will win this award. We will also award an honorarium of $200 each to the winners.
Find out more about the award and apply right here.
For more information about getting help from our research experts, check out all the ways to contact a librarian for assistance right here.
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- coloring and games galore
- screening movies
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William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of the most prolific and important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. Among his many awards, Stafford served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and received the National Book Award in 1963 for his poetry collection Traveling through the Dark. During his lifetime, Stafford wrote over sixty books of poetry that still resonate with a wide range of readers. Stafford's perspectives on peace, the environment, and education serve as some of the most articulate dialogues by a modern American writer.
James W. Pirie (1913-2002) was the author of Books for Junior College Libraries: A Selected List of Approximately 19,700 Titles (1969) and Typology of Institutions of Higher Education (1974). As the well-respected Director of Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, from 1966 to 1982, Pirie worked closely with his friend and colleague William Stafford to maintain an accurate bibliographic record of Staffords numerous publications. Following James Piries death in 2002, the Lewis & Clark College Special Collections staff expanded and updated Pirie's bibliography for this volume, the only comprehensive bibliography of William Stafford's writings.
John Buchan’s work provides an early example of the international espionage thriller from the pre-WW I era. The Thirty Nine Steps was adapted to film three times, perhaps most famously in 1935 by Alfred Hitchcock. The works of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler appeared during and after World War II and added a new realism to the genre with an anti-imperialist outlook. Works of John le Carré, Len Deighton, and Joseph Hone from the sixties through the eighties center around anti-hero protagonists in Cold War settings. Le Carré, who’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been dramatized as a mini-series and a recent feature film, develops narrative tension through intrigue within the bureaucracy of the ‘service’ as opposed to the glamorous international exploits of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. The Sandbaggers, an obscure, low-budget 1970s British television series about a under-resourced unit of the British SIS offers exceptionally taut plots and train crash endings set in the geopolitical hotspots of the time such as East Berlin, Cyprus, and Iran.
The full schedule of events for the Gender Studies Symposium, which runs March 13-15, can be viewed here.