Department Chair: Michael Current
124 Murphy Library; 608.785.8739
The faculty who comprise the Library Department endorse and embrace the framework for information literacy - the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. In managing the collections and services of Murphy Library, library faculty collaborate closely with other departments to ensure that students develop the skills to efficiently identify and effectively utilize high quality, relevant, and appropriate information resources. Information literate students learn to not only navigate but also participate in the realm of scholarly communication and discourse.
The Library Department's expanding array of teaching modalities include the management of collections of information resources selected specifically for their curricular relevance; direct classroom instruction for hands-on learning through lessons typically designed in support of specific course assignments; on-demand and by-appointment research consultation services offered directly to students; programming of learning events and activities outside of the traditional classroom; and the development and management of targeted guides and tutorials on superior information resources, tools, and strategies. Such teaching activities lead directly to student learning and success across academic disciplines, and they lay the groundwork for a lifetime as an educated and well-informed citizen.
Distinguished Academic Librarian
Associate Academic Librarian