New IFS 2014 course on Information Literacy and Society offered Fall 2014

A new face-to-face lecture about “Information Literacy and Society” will be offered this Fall 2014 semester.  It will be taught by Florida State University (FSU) School of Information Professor, Dr. Michelle Kazmer, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. in the Louis Shores Building, Room 006.

This is a Liberal Studies E-Series course as well as being part of the 2014 Communication Information Technology FIG.

The class (IFS 2014, Sections 001 and 002) introduces students to the concepts of information literacy and what it means to be information literate in 21st century society.  Students will address questions associated with information literacy by learning searching skills, gathering information from various sources, and conducting information quality analyses.  They will work with information in real world content domains to analyze and represent information effectively.

Information literacy and the skills needed to locate, evaluate, store, and understand how information flows in fields such as health, politics, economics, and science are key to our ability to examine, interpret, and explain how personal, political, cultural, economic and social experiences and/or structures shape the world.  Persistent questions that emerge as students take this course work to understand information and develop information literacy include:

  • What is the value of information?
  • How, and why, should we evaluate information?
  • What are the consequences of the ways in which we assess information?
  • What does it mean to have an information literate society?

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze and understand information from within and across disciplines to: examine existing questions and problems from a variety of perspectives, think of new questions and ideas, and explain them in written and oral formats
  • Think creatively by envisioning new approaches to actual potential scenarios or questions
  • Learn, think, and solve problems independently and in teams
  • Examine, understand, and explain how personal, political, cultural, economic, and social experiences and/or structures shape the present
  • Gather and analyze evidence
  • Use appropriate methods and technology in the collection and analysis of data
  • Collect and interpret information using information quality assessment methods
  • Evaluate information and the methods used to store, retrieve and represent it
  • Employ appropriate technology to evaluate, synthesize, and represent information

The course does not have a required textbook.  Weekly readings will be assigned.

Grades will be calculated based on assignments, including individual and group projects, using the FSU School of Information point-based grading scale.  Download the tentative syllabus with additional IFS 2014 course details at:

FSU students can sign up for this class until the open registration window closes on August 28, 2014

Dr. Michelle Kazmer
Dr. Michelle Kazmer

The professor who developed and will instruct this new IFS 2014 course, Dr. Kazmer, regularly teaches in the areas of information organization, IT and older adults, and qualitative research methods.  She also holds a courtesy faculty appointment at the FSU College of Medicine in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine.

Dr. Kazmer earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her MLS is from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Kazmer holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.  She has worked as a rare book cataloger, as an academic engineering librarian, and as a technical information specialist for an American automotive manufacturer.

If you have any questions about the IFS 2014 class offered in Fall 2014, email  Find more about Dr. Kazmer on her website at:  You can also follow her on Twitter at @MichelleKazmer