This blog, through the lens of an academic librarian, is about the changing information environment and it’s impact on higher education, students, and those who teach. It explores concepts like information fluency, pedagogy, program development, and the student learning environment.

Currently I am an Associate Professor of Library Science and Head of the Information Use and Fluency Department at Illinois State University’s Milner Library. My research encompasses pedagogical methods for merging information and technology into curricula (specifically through the development of digital learning objects) and utilizing various types of assessment methods for a comprehensive picture of student knowledge and learning. I am also interested in the application of graphic design, instructional design, and web design principles for course development.

As department head, I facilitate and guide the teaching and learning initiates at Milner Library. This includes a variety of activities. Among them is collaboration and instruction with the Critical Inquiry Program (first-year students), working with subject liaisons to develop scaffolded learning outcomes, and creating a comprehensive Information Fluency Plan. I am an advocate of active learning techniques and utilizing portable digital learning objects to enhance the student learning environment and experience.

A select full text list of my publications can be found on ISU ReD: http://tinyurl.com/jsharkeylib-pubs. For more information about my research, teaching, and service, visit my online portfolio pages.