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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Information

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Information can be a powerful tool. Too little of it can be frustrating and too much can be overwhelming. To start the semester off right, The New School Libraries & Archives will be offering two workshops, one for students on information anxiety and one for faculty on information literacy.

The first workshop designed for students is aptly titled “An Information Tasting: Overcome Information Anxiety with Cookies.” It’s the third day of Orientation Week and students can already feel overwhelmed by everything their expected to know? Most students are likely experiencing the same feeling and it has a name: information anxiety. How do you overcome it? By joining together with a librarian from The New School Libraries & Archives to consider: What information is, the characteristics of information, how to both evaluate information quality and the quality of information, and understanding how information leads to successful research.” It will be held on Wednesday, August 21, at 5:00 p.m. in the Lang Café, 65 West 11th Street.

The second workshop designed for faculty is “Teaching Information Literacy.” Would faculty like to see their students more effectively evaluate whether or not a given information source has any authority? Come to this workshop to better understand what information literacy means and how to incorporate the teaching of this skill into course design and assignments. Some exercises will be given that will help your students become more thorough searchers and help them think critically about information. Bringing a laptop or tablet is requested if possible. ” It will be held at 66 West 12th Street, room 801 on Friday, August 23, 3:00-4:00 p.m., and Tuesday, September 10, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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