The first Information Literacy Skills Prize Awards were presented at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2013. Belk Library and Information Commons sponsored the contest, with help from the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum Program.
The prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and it is an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate.
This award promotes students' active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.
The first place award, was a $300 gift certificate to the bookstore and it went to freshman Zachary Mennona for his paper entitled Motivation of Soldiers, Slaves, and Statesmen in the American Civil War. Zachary made abundant use of primary resources, and wrote in his reflection statement:
“Being a complete newcomer to the field of research, I am grateful to my English professor and the staff of the Belk Library for their assistance in teaching me the strategies involved in crafting a research paper….Skills like critical thinking, book analysis, information collecting, and interpretation of data developed out of necessity and allowed me to answer the rhetorical question when time finally came to writing the research down. The skills developed throughout this project will be of tremendous service to me for the remainder of life as a researcher and writer.”
The second place award, a $200 gift certificate to the bookstore, went to freshman Stephanie Filotei for her paper Borderline Personality Disorder. Stephanie noted in her reflection “At first, I dreaded finding twenty sources because that seemed like too many. In the end, I learned that it only helped me to find an abundant amount of information that would help me recognize useful sources from the useless ones.” Stephanie also made several trips to the University writing center and found they helped her improve the grammar and flow of her paper significantly.
Image:Georgie Donovan, Associate University Librarian; Freshmen Stephanie Filotei & Zachary Mennona and Information Literacy Librarian Amanda Bird