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Information Literacy

Jamie Kearley, Department Head
Coe Library 304
Phone: (307) 766-3425

The University Libraries offer research assistance and information literacy instruction to students and faculty. Librarians provide customized class orientations to information sources in various disciplines, as well as individual research consultations. Students needing research help may call, email, instant message, or visit William Robertson Coe Library, or the Brinkerhoff Earth Resources Information Center.

The University of Wyoming addresses information competencies utilizing the framework of the Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education as approved by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and endorsed by the American Association for Higher Education. Librarians collaborate with teaching faculty in addressing these information competencies in course assignments or lectures. Information literacy is the ability to recognize and define the need for information, then locate, evaluate, and use that information effectively and ethically.

University of Wyoming librarians have developed TIP: Tutorial for Info Power ( as a general introduction to information competencies. Students are required to work through the tutorial and pass the TIP quiz as part of the University Studies information literacy component. The TIP tutorial has been adapted for use at other institutions and has been recognized by the ACRL for inclusion in their Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online database.

The Libraries also offer credit courses to help students improve research skills and to meet the information literacy requirement of the University Studies Program. Current offerings are restricted to upper-division students.

Learning Outcomes

We expect that students completing LBRY courses will become knowledgeable consumers of information through learning how to:

  1. Recognize and define the need for information;
  2. Efficiently locate information in the library or on the Internet;
  3. Evaluate the quality of information;
  4. Utilize information effectively, ethically, and legally.

Associate Librarians

KAIJSA J. CALKINS, B.A. University of Washington-Bothell 2001; M.L.I.S. University of Washington-Seattle 2004; Associate Librarian 2012, 2006.
B.A. Regis University 1989; M.L.S. Emporia State University 1992; Associate Librarian 2009, 2003.
CHERYL GOLDENSTEIN, B.A. Bethany College 1982; M.L.S. University of Texas at Austin 1997; Associate Librarian 2009, 2002.
MARY ANN HARLOW, B.S. University of Wyoming 1989; M.L.S. University of Arizona 1990; Associate Librarian 1997, 1991.
JAMIE KEARLEY, B.A. University of Illinois 1972; M.S. 1976; M.L.I.S. Louisiana State University 1991; Associate Librarian 2004, 1995.
DAVID D. KRUGER, B.S. South Dakota State University 1991; B.S.Ed. Minot State University 1994; M.A. Kansas State University 1996; M.L.S. University of Missouri at Columbia 1998; Associate Librarian 2004, 1998.
JENNIFER MAYER, B.A. University of Wyoming 1991; M.L.I.S. University of Oklahoma 1996; Associate Librarian 2005, 1999.
MICHAEL L. NELSON, B.A. Kalamazoo College 1973; M.Lib. University of Washington 1978; M.A. Montana State University 1980; Associate Librarian 1991, 1984.
LAWRENCE SCHMIDT, B.S. Montana State University 1987; M.S. 1995; M.L.S. Emporia State University 2002; Associate Librarian 2008, 2002.
ROBERT A. STALEY, B.A. Gettysburg College 1969; M.A. University of Manitoba 1974; M.L.S. University of Pittsburgh 1974; Associate Librarian 2008, 2002. 

Assistant Librarians

MELISSA BOWLES-TERRY, B.A. Utah State University 2004; M.A. 2007; M.S. University of Illinois Ubana-Champaign 2009; Assistant Librarian 2009.
KATE CONERTON, B.A. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 2011; M.L.I.S. University of British Columbia 2013; Assistant Librarian 2013.
CASSANDRA M. KVENILD, B.A. University of Wyoming 1996; M.L.I.S. University of Washington 2004.

Information Literacy (LBRY) Courses

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