Hi there, I'm Karen Niemla, the Reference and Research Librarian at the Hammermill Library. I conduct all and information literacy instruction at the library, and I answer reference questions about the library. If you need help finding resources for a class research project, navigating one of our databases, citing sources, or anything else, you can contact us librarians here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can even schedule a time to meet in person at my office.
Perhaps most of your students grew up with the Internet, but that doesn't mean that they have academic research skills. You don't have to teach that yourself, though: I would love to teach your students about the research process! How much I can cover and in what detail depends on how much class time we have, and I'll always work with you beforehand to make sure I can meet your needs. If your class can't meet with me in person, I can make online video tutorials or arrange a teleconference.
Topics I can cover include:
Email me at email@example.com or our online request form to schedule a class. Also contact me if you have any questions about the library and our resources, and as with students, you may certainly contact me for help with your research.
If you're located at Mercyhurst North East, your library is the Ridge Library, and your librarian Associate Director Penny Wise. You may contact her for research help, library instruction, or other library needs at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 814-725-6326.
If you're not sure who to contact, use the general contact form.
Information Literacy is the broad ability to understand where information comes from, how to find it, what value different information resources may have respectively, and how to use information to produce new ideas. Being information literate means being able to:
Additionally, your attitude is also as much part of Information Literacy as your skills are. Hard work, persistence, creativity are key to the research process, and being able to recognize your limitations and ask for help is an asset, not a shortcoming. To learn more about Information Literacy, see the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education from The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).