The purpose of library research instruction is to develop and strengthen the information literacy of the students, faculty, and staff at Morehead State University and, when appropriate, the community at large.
What is Information Literacy?
According to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), an information literate individual is one who is able to:
- Determine the extent of information needed;
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently;
- Evaluate information and its sources critically;
- Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base;
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose;
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and to access and use information ethically and legally.
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, 2000.
Our Goals Are
- to provide library users (students, faculty, and staff) with research assistance and training;
- to assist students in defining their information need (both academic as well as nonacademic) and selecting appropriate resources (both print and electronic) to meet that need;
- to orient library users to the location of materials within the library;
- to help library users develop the skills necessary for using various technologies to find information;
- to increase library users’ familiarity with and use of electronic information sources, including library databases and the Web;
- to help students learn to critically analyze and evaluate the information they find in print and especially on the Web;
- to support faculty by developing strategies for incorporating library instruction and use into their assignments; and
- to foster the understanding that learning is a lifelong endeavor.
Ray Bailey, Head of Instruction
Ray hails from the bustling metropolis of Hyden, KY. He holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from MSU (1993) and an M.L.S. from the University of South Florida (1998).
Ray oversees the Learning Technology Lab in the library, and also maintains the library's website. He serves as the liaison to the department of Health, Wellness & Human Performance, as well as the department of Industrial & Engineering Technology.
Ray's favorite quote is, "The job is not done until cleanup is complete".
Ray is currently Interim Head of Instruction as well.
Rodney Watkins, Instruction and Technology Librarian
Rodney holds a B.A. in History, an M.A. in Teaching from
MSU, and an M.L.S. from UK. He oversees the day to day operations
of the Learning Technology Lab and conducts classes on current technology. He also conducts lower level English and First Year
Karla Aleman, Distance Instruction Librarian
Karla Aleman, the new Distance Instruction Librarian at Camden-Carroll Library, grew up in sunny California. She received her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. She spent two years in Chicago at the College of DuPage before coming to Morehead.
Hired to coordinate Library services and instruction to regional and online students, Karla has a strong interest in developing and adapting those services to fit the needs of students and faculty in an ever changing environment. She currently is the Library Liaison to the English Department.
Curiosity is a great word to describe her; she loves to travel and explore new places.
Pam Hammonds, Library Associate
Pam holds a B.A. as well as an M.A. in Communications from MSU. She teaches CMSP 108 at the MSU at West Liberty campus on an adjunct basis. She conducts the instructional classes for MSU 101, speech courses, and some lower level English courses.
Sherry Kelley, Library Associate
Sherry holds a B.A. from MSU. She works with Regional Campus Library Services in supplying materials to students taking classes off campus. She also conducts instructional classes for MSU 101, the lower level English courses, and the lower level speech courses both on campus and at the regional campus centers.