Let Them Teach

While I have not worked as an academic librarian, I still found this article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed interesting (perhaps JR or RAR can chime in since they both work in that arena). The author makes a case for the importance of research education in the academic environment and asks professors to prioritize working with the library to help students gain and develop skills that can really help them.

Gilman makes some interesting points. I thought his statements about the term info literacy were especially interesting: “It risks sounding elementary, or condescending, or alarmist, or perhaps seems like an affectation by which librarians seek to mystify and aggrandize what they do via jargon…. Ok, point taken. That’s why I prefer the phrase ‘research education’.” I think I agree with that. There’s something about the term info literacy that has never felt right to me.