Clatsop Community College students Josh Corder, Chris Partin, and Zoey Powers have been selected as winners of the Clatsop Community College 2015 Information Literacy Award. Three honorable mention awards were also given to students Rosemary Kinch, Cordet Gula, and Alex Autio.
2015 Information Literacy Award recipients (L-R): Josh Corder, Zoey Powers, Chris Partin, and Alex Autio. Not pictured: Rosemary Kinch and Cordet Gula.
The CCC Dora Badollet Library created the award to recognize student understanding and application of information literacy knowledge, otherwise known as research skills: the ability to find, access, and use a variety of information sources; the critical evaluation of information; an understanding of intellectual property; and the ability to appropriately incorporate information into a research paper. This knowledge reflects recursive learning and is acquired over the course of study at Clatsop Community College in multiple courses taught by campus faculty and the college librarian.
Each Spring, students submit their best research papers to the college librarian who then evaluates the papers using information literacy criteria. The top students illustrate a grasp of the rapidly evolving world of information, as well as the ability to incorporate authoritative information into their own research.
Student papers spanned a wide range of topics. Josh Corder focused on physical activity and its prevention of selected chronic and acute conditions. Chris Partin wrote about the Japanese animator, Hayao Miyazaki, and the art of storytelling while Zoey Powers explored the perils of the proposed manned expedition to Mars. Alex Autio delved into the complex and contentious issue of Net Neutrality. Cordet Gula analyzed themes of social issues in the musical, Razia's Shadow, and Rosemary Kinch wrote an impressive literature review on the effects of music therapy and pain reduction in post-surgical patients.
The top winners of the prize earned a $300 check while the honorable mention winners took home $100 each. Award funds are raised through library coffee sales and through the generosity of Columbia River Roasters. The library sells Thundermuck coffee throughout the year for $1 per cup. Coffee proceeds go directly to the annual Information Literacy Award fund. Coffee is available and the college library is open to all college students and staff, as well as community members. For information about the Clatsop Community College Dora Badollet Library and its programs, contact Candice Watkins, Library Director.