Credo Survey Suggests Students Lack Basic Information Skills Critical for Academic and Workforce Success
Survey finds 37% of students do not feel adequately prepared to start research
More information from the press release below. Note the opportunity to attend an event at ACRL relating to the study as well as receive the full text of the study. Links are below.
March 5, 2013, Boston, Oxford – A survey developed by librarians and sponsored by Credo found that many college students falsely perceive their level of information literacy. The data collected suggests that while students display an understanding of information skills, they are not successful at the next step —application of the skill. These information skills are critical to success in the classroom, but they also extend beyond campus to prepare students for success on the job and in everyday life. Continue reading
BREAKING NEWS FROM CREDO OFFICES IN BOSTON AND OXFORD, U.K. Credo’s information literacy platform, Literati, implemented in 600 academic and public library institutions, is now also available for K-12 schools and student athletes. Literati School and Literati Student Athlete share the same goal as the academic and public versions of Literati: to enable librarians and educators to help learners—in this case K-12 students and the athletes among them who face unique challenges—obtain information skills necessary to succeed in their scholarly pursuits as well as in life.
Last month we reported on the success of Credo’s case study with Columbia University undergraduates, who said that using Literati – an extension of the original Credo Reference platform, marketed as “a library’s connection to information literacy” – significantly enhanced their classroom learning experience. According to Credo, 90 percent of Columbia students who participated said they would likely use Literati again in the future.
Now the company has released the results of a similar study conducted at American University of Paris (AUP). The results, according to a new Credo press release, show more proof of Literati’s value: 72 percent of AUP students surveyed found the multimedia materials developed by the Literati team and AUP librarians to be “very helpful” while 75 percent said they would be likely to use Literati as a research tool in their future assignments. Continue reading
Credo Reference‘s ongoing effort to improve information literacy (and “research effectiveness”) just got a new boost. After conducting a case study with Columbia University’s undergrads, the company is reporting back some encouraging feedback about the value of its Literati platform. The results of the study have been made public and their message is clear: using Literati in the classroom made a notable difference in the students’ research experience. According to Credo, 87 percent of the students who participated said that Literati improved the quality of their work and 90 percent said they would likely use it again for future assignments.
Soon after launching Literati — an extension of the original Credo Reference platform, marketed as “a library’s connection to information literacy” — Credo partnered with Columbia University (and the “embedded” librarians of its Undergraduate Writing Program) to monitor students’ experience using the product. The goal was to utilize Literati as the core instructional tool and give students full access to its Technology (including Credo’s well-known Topic Pages and the Mind Map), Content (derived from hundreds of reference ebooks and subject encyclopedias from a growing list of publishers), and various customized Services, including multi-media instruction and tutorials. Continue reading
YBP Library Services and Credo Reference Announce New Partnership
Agreement to add academic titles to GOBI database
BOSTON, OXFORD – June 21, 2012 – Credo Reference is pleased to announce a partnership with YBP Library Services to incorporate Credo Reference titles from 80 of the world’s best reference publishers into GOBI (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBP’s acquisition and collection management database.
“We are delighted about our new collaboration between Credo and YBP,” said Mark Kendall, Senior Vice President of Sales at YBP. “Our mutual goal is to leverage the unique combination of assets and capabilities between our organizations to create for libraries a unique and comprehensive suite of collection development and workflow solutions.” Continue reading
June 15, 2012 – Boston, Oxford – Building on the success of Literati by Credo, Credo Reference (credoreference.com), today announced plans to serve Public Libraries with Literati Public, a new expression of its suite of Digital and Information Literacy solutions.
Literati Public, developed in close partnership with public librarians, is a highly customizable solution that promotes the mission of public libraries by combining Credo’s content with newly developed platform technology.
From a Credo press release:
Boston, Oxford – Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com) continues its growth trend by adding new publishers and expanding existing agreements with publishers, offering even more options for libraries and their users.
CQ Press is the newest publisher to join Credo Reference with an agreement to include 40 of their most sought-after titles in Credo Publisher and Subject Collections. Continue reading
From a Credo Reference Press Release: Boston and Oxford, (April 18, 2012) – OCLC and Credo Reference are pleased to announce a special collaboration project aimed to increase collection visibility and usage with library users. Credo’s Topic Pages will now be enhanced with WorldCat results to show local library materials alongside other timely, relevant Web materials.
With this new project, libraries that are both OCLC members and Credo customers will receive Credo Topic Pages at no charge for an introductory period. These libraries—along with current Topic Pages subscribers—will show WorldCat results from libraries worldwide that relate to the topic being searched. Libraries can have their results customized to show only local library holdings in WorldCat, as well as other customizations such as branding and deep links back to their catalog through this special project. Continue reading
Recently Credo Reference launched a service called literati. Literati adds a new dimension to Credo Reference and Topic Pages by bringing together technology, content, tools, and services. To learn more about Literati, listen to the interview with Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo Reference.
The NSR interviews page offers nearly 50 audio interviews with publishers, librarians, and others in the information industry.
Credo Reference adds new content from McFarland. More from the press release:
January 18, 2012 – Boston and Oxford – Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com), recently named “Best Overall” Reference Database 2012 by Library Journal, is pleased to announce a new partnership with McFarland, a leading independent publisher of academic and nonfiction books.
Credo General Reference, a core resource serving the research needs of millions of students and other library users will be enriched by the addition of top-quality content from McFarland. Chosen for their academic value and editorial excellence, these comprehensive reference titles provide compelling, relevant coverage on contemporary and historical topics. They include:
Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States
Encyclopedia of Philosophers on Religion
Encyclopedia of Cuban-United States Relations
Encyclopedia of Chinese-American Relations
Encyclopedia of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution Continue reading