Tech Savvy: University Libraries Provide Information Literacy Education to Sixth to Ninth Grade Girls
Tech Savvy is a daylong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grades to these fields and inform families about STEM education and careers. The national event also provides instruction to parents encouraging them to reinforce their daughters’ interest in STEM. The event is hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Greensboro Chapter.
The day also included savvy skills classes designed to help, them gain knowledge and confidence to enhance their success. This year, University Libraries taught a course on April 1 on information literacy titled, “Fake, Fact or Somewhere in Between.”
Librarians at the UNCG University Libraries work closely with students and community members of all ages to help them evaluate and select reliable information sources. With more than 1,000 instruction sessions each year on campus and in the community, including online tutorials and more than 800 online resource guides, UNCG University Libraries have been addressing “fake news” long before it was in the news.
The sessions provided an interactive course for parents and taught them how to help their children find reliable information sources. Participants also enjoyed a guided tour of Jackson Library, highlighting its learning spaces, collections, support services and cutting-edge technology.