Research

Research

As I progress through my career I have been drawn to exploring how students learn, the cognitive processes that drives retention of content, and various delivery methods related to teaching. 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. Included here is a selected list of my publications and presentations. Full text versions of some of my articles are also available in the ISU ReD institutional repository.

Publications (selected)

In Print

*Rinehart, Amanda, Jennifer Sharkey, and Chad Kahl. “Learning Style Dimensions and Professional Characteristics of Academic Librarians.” College & Research Libraries 76.3 (2015). [Abstract & Full text]

*Sharkey, Jennifer, Bill McMillin, and Trisha Prosise. “One Size Can’t Fit All: A Multi-Layered Assessment Approach to Identifying Skill and Competency Levels.” In Fiesta De Excelencia: Celebrating Excellence in Library Instruction: Thirty-Ninth National LOEX Library Instruction Conference Proceedings Fort Worth, Texas, May 5-7, 2011, edited by Brad Sietz, Randal Baier, Susann DeVries, Sarah Fabian, Sara Memmott and Robert Stevens. Ypsilanti, MI: LOEX Press, 2013. [full text]

*Sharkey, Jennifer. “Establishing twenty-first century information fluency.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 53.1 (2013). [full text]

+Sharkey, Jennifer. “Creating Documentary Shorts in a Credit-bearing Information Literacy Course.” Information Literacy through the Streets of Hollywood. Eds. Germain, Carol Anne and Gerald T. Burke. Active Learning Series. Pittsburgh, PA: Library Instruction Publications, 2011.

+Sharkey, Jennifer. “Political and Social Agendas: Analyzing Commercials & Public Service Announcements Attempting to Sway Public Opinion.” Information Literacy through the Streets of Hollywood. Eds. Germain, Carol Anne and Gerald T. Burke. Active Learning Series. Pittsburgh, PA: Library Instruction Publications, 2011.

+Sharkey, Jennifer. “Beyond the Keyboard: Optimizing Technology Spaces for Collaborative Learning, Instruction, and Service.” Teaching with Technology: An Academic Librarian’s Guide. Eds. Joseph Williams and Susan Goodwin. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing (Oxford) Limited, 2007. [more information]

*Rein, Diane, Jennifer Sharkey, and Jane Kinkus. “Integrating Bioinformatic Instruction into Undergraduate Biology Laboratory Curricula” in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Proceedings of the 28th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE). Ed. M.A. ODonnell. 2007: 183-216. Simultaneously published in a CD-ROM format. [description] [fulltext]

+Sharkey, Jennifer. “Utilizing Filmmaking to Advance Generation Y’s Information Fluency.” LOEX Quarterly Fall 2006. [full text] [citation/abstract]

*Sharkey, Jennifer. “Towards Information Fluency: Applying a Different Model to an Information Literacy Credit Course.” Reference Services Review 34.1 (2006). [full text] [abstract]

*Sharkey, Jennifer and F. Bartow Culp. “Cyberplagiarism and the Library: Issues and Solutions.” Reference Librarian 44.91/92 (2005). [full text] [abstract]
• simultaneously published in: The Reference Collection: From the Shelf to the Web. Ed. William J. Frost. New York: Haworth Press, 2005. [table of contents (from LC)] [Preview from Google Books]

Presentations (selected)

Catanzaro, Salvatore, Doug Smith, George Seelinger, Aaron Paolucci, Jay Percell, and Jennifer Sharkey. “Designing Learning Spaces to Engage Students with Emerging Pedagogies: A Panel Discussion.” Presentation. 15th Annual University-Wide Symposium on Teaching and Learning. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. January 7, 2015.

Sharkey, Jennifer. “Establishing an Information Fluency Plan for Navigating the Changing Instruction Landscape.” Panel Presentation. New Directions in Information Fluency. Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. April 5, 2014.

Sharkey, Jennifer. “Helping Students Engage in Academic Integrity.” Workshop. Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Faculty Fellow Summer Institute. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. May 22, 2013.

Sharkey, Jennifer. “Assessment for Teaching and Learning.” Guest Lecture. LIS590: Advanced Library Instruction, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Urbana-Champaigne, Illinois. March 26, 2013.

Sharkey, Jennifer, Dane Ward, and Chad Kahl. “Moving Beyond the Database Demo: Helping Students Interact with and Create Information.” Presentation. 13th Annual University-Wide Symposium on Teaching and Learning. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. January 9, 2013.

Sharkey, Jennifer. “Integrating Information Literacy into Curriculum.” Workshop. Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Faculty Fellow Summer Institute. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. July 23, 2012.

Sharkey, Jennifer. “Assessment for Teaching and Learning.” Guest Lecture. LIS592MBE: Advanced Library Instruction, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Urbana-Champaigne, Illinois. March 23, 2012.

Sharkey, Jennifer. “Information Use & Access in the Digital Environment.” Presentation. Technology & Pedagogy ISU/IWU Joint Workshop. Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois. January 28, 2012. http://prezi.com/vyhbh4lz3yzu/information-use-access-in-the-digital-environment/

Sharkey, Jennifer, Joyce Walker, and Bill McMillin. “Gauging Students’ Information Fluency Through Multiple Assessments.” Presentation. 12th Annual University-Wide Symposium on Teaching and Learning. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. January 11, 2012.

Franzen, Susan, Jennifer Sharkey, Frances Whaley, Kelly Fisher, and Susan Avery. “Information Literacy and General Education Goals: A Brilliant Combination.” Panel. 2011 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. October 18, 2011.

*Sharkey, Jennifer, Bill McMillin, and Trisha Prosise. “One size can’t fit all: a multi-layered assessment approach to identifying skill and competency levels.” Presentation. Fiesta De Excelencia: Celebrating Excellence in Library Instruction: Thirty-Ninth National LOEX Library Instruction Conference. Fort Worth, Texas, May 5-7, 2011.

Sharkey, Jennifer, Bill McMillin, and Trisha Prosise. “Assessing First Year Students’ Information Literacy: a multifaceted approach.” Information Literacy Summit 2011. Normal, Illinois, April 18, 2011.

Sharkey, Jennifer and Joyce Walker. “Critical Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Information Literacy Collaboration.” Information Literacy Summit 2010. Normal, Illinois, April 20, 2010.

Hooker, John, Joyce Walker, Nancy McKinney, and Jennifer Sharkey. “Sustainable Teaching in General Education: Critical Inquiry in ENG 101, COM 110, and Milner Library.” Presentation. 10th Annual University-Wide Symposium on Teaching and Learning. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. January 6, 2010.

*Sharkey, Jennifer and Catherine Fraser Riehle. “Beyond the entertainment factor: integrating multimedia into library instruction projects and activities.” Workshop. 2009 ACRL National Conference. Seattle, Washington. March 14, 2009.

[*peer reviewed; +editor reviewed]