[Libs-Or] Sept. 19 Sherrer Lecture at Lewis & Clark

Elaine Hirsch elaineghirsch at lclark.edu
Wed Sep 3 09:34:32 PDT 2014

Dear Colleagues:

You are cordially invited to attend the 15th Annual Johannah Sherrer
Memorial Lecture <http://library.lclark.edu/lib/sherrer.htm> at Lewis &
Clark College on Friday, Sept. 19 beginning at 3:00 PM in Smith Hall,
Albany Quadrangle.  Our speaker this year is* Andrew Asher,* Assessment
Librarian at Indiana University in Bloomington.  Mr. Asher's talk is
entitled* "Discovering Information:  Investigations into How Students
Search"  *and is abstracted below:

In today's networked information environment, effectively searching for and
locating information are critical digital literacy skills. Unfortunately,
while university students have a variety of powerful search tools at their
disposal, they often lack a sufficient understanding how these tools work,
as well as their strengths and limitations. Using qualitative and
quantitative data collected from students at several universities, this
presentation will examine the practices and processes of students as they
locate information across a variety of search platforms, and will
critically evaluate the potential for bias to be introduced into these
processes. This presentation will describe how students' expectations
engender search behaviors that privilege the role of the search tool itself
in evaluating information quality, making students vulnerable to biases
embedded within search systems. Working under the assumption that a truly
"neutral" search system is a logical and technical impossibility, this
presentation will then examine the types of social values tacitly embedded
within search tools, and will evaluate how these values affect the
experience of student researchers and how they may be subtlety structuring
students' knowledge acquisition.

A reception will follow the lecture and RSVPs to Michelle Pennock at
mpennock at lclark.edu are encouraged. Directions, Maps, and Parking
Information are available on the Lewis & Clark website.

We hope you can join us!

Elaine Hirsch
Associate Director
Watzek Library
Lewis & Clark
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