Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

2017 Recipient

Lowe_BarbLavery Library is pleased to present the 8th Annual Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. This award is given to a St. John Fisher College faculty member who actively supports information literacy. Any member of the St. John Fisher College faculty is eligible, with the exception of the Library Committee members. This award is named for Dr. Mark Szarejko, 1980 alumnus, in recognition of his support for the library.

The 2017 recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award is Dr. Barbara Lowe.

Dr. Barbara Lowe, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has been deepening the logical connections between first-year writing and information literacy for the past five years. Dr. Jill Swiencicki describes Dr. Lowe's commitment to information literacy and faculty, student, and librarian collaboration as "never a token nod to this work, but a full and robust partnership and sharing of expertise."

As a professor and Director of Learning Community and Research-based Writing (199) Programs, Dr. Lowe seeks to advance information literacy skills in her students, in the faculty that teach in the First Year Program (FYP), and in the scholarship she presents within her field. In all these efforts, she develops meaningful partnerships with Lavery librarians. Keeping information literacy as central to her work at Fisher, Dr. Lowe explains, "to be a good writer, to be a good reader, and, ultimately, to be a good citizen, an individual must be versed and practiced in information literacy."

Given this philosophy, Dr. Lowe approaches information literacy and her collaboration with library professionals in a variety of ways. She includes librarians on the FYP Advisory Team, and the Learning Community and 199 Research Writing Assessment Committees, allowing librarians to contribute their expertise toward programmatic revisions. Librarians are invited to participate in faculty development opportunities alongside the FYP faculty, and as frequent presenters on emerging information literacy pedagogy and standards in higher education. She and liaison librarian, Melissa Jadlos, attended AAC&U Problem-based Learning (PBL) workshops in order to best utilize this teaching strategy together in her classes. Dr. Lowe and Ms. Jadlos are currently working on a paper to share their experience using PBL to advance information literacy in the classroom. In the spring, Dr. Lowe and First Year Program Librarian, Stacia Maiorani co-presented at the High School and College Librarians: Collaborating for Student Success Conference. Their poster, entitled "College Freshmen, FYP Faculty, & Librarians" offered high school and college librarians a model for faculty partnership.

These examples highlight a few of the ways Dr. Lowe exemplifies leadership in advancing information literacy at St. John Fisher College. Lavery Library and the Library Committee are pleased to honor Dr. Barbara Lowe as this year's Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award recipient.


The Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

The award recipient is an advocate for information literacy, impacting Fisher students and other faculty to promote information literacy on campus and beyond. The following are the criteria exemplified by a worthy candidate for the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award:

  • Assignments/Courses: Creates or revises assignments with a consciousness of library resources
  • Collaboration: Seeks out opportunities to partner and collaborate with librarians. Promotes a connection between librarian and students
  • Curriculum Mapping: Incorporates progressions of information literacy skills throughout the curriculum of his or her discipline
  • Professional Development: Participates or consults on events/workshops/training sessions/working groups that include information literacy
  • Scholarship: Submits/publishes articles or presentations that include information literacy

To learn more about Information Literacy, please visit the Association of College and Research Libraries webpage.

Nomination Process

The nominator should use the Nomination Form [pdf] and provide a letter detailing how the nominee exhibits a commitment to information literacy. Nominations from Fisher faculty, administration and staff, as well as self-nominations, are welcome. Nominations should be sent to Nancy Greco, Instruction Librarian.

The award recipient will be chosen by the members of the Library Committee. The Library Committee is a faculty assembly committee of eleven members; eight faculty members, one graduate student, one undergraduate student, and the Library director.

Award

  • Award recipient's name noted in a book, purchased on their behalf for inclusion in the library collection
  • An individual plaque of recognition
  • A dining certificate for a Rochester restaurant
  • Award recipient's name engraved on the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award plaque in the library

For more information contact Nancy Greco, ngreco@sjfc.edu at (585)385-8139 or visit the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award website.

Past Award Recipients

Dr. Joellen Maples

Dr. Joellen Maples

2016 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award.

Learn more about Dr. Joellen Maples.


Dr. Michelle Erklenz-Watts

Dr. Michelle Erklenz-Watts

2015 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award.

Learn more about Dr. Michelle Erklenz-Watts.


Dr. Mona Gandhi

Dr. Mona Gandhi

2014 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award.

Learn more about Dr. Mona Gandhi.


Dr. Michael Boller

Dr. Michael Boller

2013 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. 

Learn more about Dr. Michael Boller.


Dr. Stephen Brauer

Dr. Stephen Brauer

2012 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. 

Learn more about Dr. Stephen Brauer.


Dr. Susan Schultz

Dr. Susan Schultz

2011 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

Learn more about Dr. Susan Schultz.


Dr. Kristin Picardo

Dr. Kristin Picardo

2010 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. 

Learn more about Dr. Kristin Picardo.


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