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2014 “Thankful Challenge” Winner

IMG_6461We are pleased to announce that Ms. Sheila Peacock is the winner of our 2014 Thankful Challenge.  Sheila is the administrative secretary in the Master of Library and Information Science office. Ms. Peacock had the most consecutive entries and was presented her prize by our Interim Dean of Education, Dr. Brian Gerber.  We  thank everyone who participated in the “Thankful Challenge” for sharing their thanks on the “Educator” blog and on the COEHS Facebook page.

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Congratulations, Sheila!

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Governor Deal Selects Linda Most to State Board

most_lindaValdosta State University’s Dr. Linda R. Most has been appointed to the State Board for the Certification of Librarians by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

Most, an Associate Professor and Interim Department Head for the Department of Library and Information Studies in the Dewar College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University (VSU) has been in the Library Science field for over a decade. Before coming to VSU, she worked as a reference librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, and as the business reference librarian for the Palm Beach County Library System in Florida. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the South Georgia Regional Library System in Valdosta. Most earned a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College, a master’s degree in History from Florida Atlantic University, a master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a doctorate from Florida State University. She resides in Valdosta.

Congratulations Dr. Most.

Press Release provided by the Georgia Governor’s Office November 24, 2014


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MLIS Faculty Research Published in a Prominent Journal

dranitaondrusekUsing your teaching to generate a research project can lead to the publication of an article. That’s what three faculty members from the Department of Library and Information Studies did in order to study a strategy for teaching graduate students to write abstracts for their proposals in the program’s required Research Methods course. In 2011-2012, three different professors taught three sections of that course. The content of the course is the same across all sections, and diagrams of abstracts that labeled research design elements from actual articles (called worked examples) are included in the course materials. However, the faculty discovered that one instructor used the worked examples in an online lecture; a second instructor referred the students to the worked examples; and the third instructor made the worked examples available with little comment.  These three approaches provided an opportunity in a natural learning settting to investigate whether high-medium-low exposure to worked examples had any effect on the quality of the abstracts produced by the students in the three sections. A content analysis that assigned numerical values to distinct research design elements and designated elements of composition was used to score the abstracts. A one-way ANOVA revealed that medium to high exposure to the worked examples made a significant difference in the inclusion of research design elements. A similar analysis showed that the examples did not have an effect on the quaity of writing. You can read about the study in the recently published article entitled “Writing Abstracts for MLIS Research Proposals Using Worked Examples: An Innovative Approach to Teaching Elements of Research Design” by Drs. Ondrusek, Thiele, and Yang. The article appears in the November 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries, a peer reviewed, open access journal considered one of the highest impact publications in the library and information science field (http://crl.acrl.org/content/75/6/822.full.pdf). The article was also profiled in the C&RL News “Spotlight” column  (http://crln.acrl.org/content/75/10/578.full).

Submitted by Anita Ondrusek


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