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Information Literacy and Student Learning at Rutgers: Standards, Competencies, and the Search for Strategies

The recent revision of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education's standards for accreditation includes new information literacy requirements. During 2003, Middle States also issued guidelines for information literacy in the curriculum and for student learning assessment. The development and meaning of the standards will be explored, and an example of how a complex, multi-campus institution is infusing its curriculum with information competence will be given. This symposium is open to Rutgers faculty, librarians, and administrators.

"The New Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Assessment and Information Literacy"
Terrence F. Mech, Ed.D.

Terrence F. Mech has been Director of the Library at King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA since 1982. He was the College's Vice-President for Information and Instructional Technologies for seven years (1994-2001). Currently, he serves on the Vice President for Academic Affairs' Academic Team and the College's Self-Study Steering Committee as the Vice Chair for Strategic Planning.

Dr. Mech was a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Advisory Panel on Information Literacy that prepared Developing Research & Communication Skills: Guidelines for Information Literacy in the Curriculum (2003). He has served on Middle States Evaluation Teams since 1987.

Dr. Mech holds graduate degrees from Pennsylvania State University (higher education-1994), Clarion State College (library science-1979), and Illinois State University (sociology-1978).

"Strategies for Integrating Information Literacy into the Curriculum"
Ilene F. Rockman, Ph.D.

Dr. Ilene Rockman is the Manager of the Information Competence Initiative for the Office of the Chancellor, of the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU).

Among her awards, Dr. Rockman is the recipient of the 2003 "Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian of the Year" award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the 2001 "Literati Award for Excellence" from MCB University Press of the United Kingdom.

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy, the editorial boards of Library Hi Tech and the Journal of Academic Librarianship, the editor-in-chief of Reference Services Review, and the editor and contributing author to the new book, Integrating Information Literacy into the Higher Education Curriculum: Practical Models For Transformation (Jossey-Bass, 2004).

Registration Form

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2004
Teleconference Lecture Hall,
Scholarly Communication Center,
Alexander Library,
College Avenue Campus
Videoconference Locations:
Dana Library, Newark Campus, and Robeson Library, Camden Campus
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
(9 am coffee and registration)

Cosponsored by:

  • Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Provost, Camden Campus
  • Provost, Newark Campus
  • Vice President for Continuous Education and Outreach
  • Vice President for Undergraduate Education
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences - New Brunswick
  • Rutgers University Libraries

For more information:
Please call Lucye Millerand, 732/932-7505, ext. 313 or email

Posted April 5, 2004; Link to registration form removed