Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

2015 Recipient

Erklenz-Watts_MichelleLavery Library is pleased to present the 6th Annual Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. This award is given to a St. John Fisher College faculty member who actively supports information literacy. Any member the St. John Fisher College faculty is eligible, with the exception of the Library Committee members. This award is named for Dr. Mark Szarejko, 1980 alumnus, in recognition of his support for the library.

The 2015 recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award is Dr. Michelle Erklenz-Watts.

Dr. Erklenz-Watts is recognized as a strong voice for information literacy by her colleagues, her students, and by Lavery librarians. As director for Student Academic Support and associate professor of education, Dr. Erklenz-Watts embraces an ongoing collaborative relation with her library liaison, Kathi Sigler, as on essential component of her teaching, and expects that each pre-service teacher is prepared to teach information literacy in the K12 environment.

Dr. Erklenz-Watts looks for ways to incorporate information literacy and library resources into each of her courses. She often uses the library’s Lower Level Gallery adjacent to the Curriculum Center as a classroom space, in order to have library resources readily available to the students. Dr. Erklenz-Watts designed a course in which the education librarian co-teaches in five class periods, and students are required to work independently with Ms. Sigler on two additional occasions. Students’ end of semester debriefing for this courses indicates that students acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation for the importance of information literacy.

Over the past year, Dr. Erklenz-Watts’ interactions with the education librarian has been more purposeful as they completed a research project together. The project’s main purpose was to increase pre-service teachers’ information literacy skills as well as give them the skills to enhance grades 1-6 students’ abilities with information literacy through social studies content. Dr. Erklenz-Watts and Ms. Sigler are writing a professional article and hope to present their findings at the Northeastern Educational Research Association conference.

For all these reasons, Lavery Library and the Library Committee have chosen to honor Dr. Michelle Erklenz-Watts as this year’s Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award recipient.


The Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

The award recipient is an advocate for information literacy, impacting Fisher students and other faculty to promote information literacy on campus and beyond. The following are the criteria exemplified by a worthy candidate for the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award:

  • Assignments/Courses: Creates or revises assignments with a consciousness of library resources
  • Collaboration: Seeks out opportunities to partner and collaborate with librarians. Promotes a connection between librarian and students
  • Curriculum Mapping: Incorporates progressions of information literacy skills throughout the curriculum of his or her discipline
  • Professional Development: Participates or consults on events/workshops/training sessions/working groups that include information literacy
  • Scholarship: Submits/publishes articles or presentations that include information literacy

To learn more about Information Literacy, please visit the Association of College and Research Libraries webpage.

Nomination Process

The nominator should use the Nomination Form [pdf] and provide a letter detailing how the nominee exhibits a commitment to information literacy. Nominations from Fisher faculty, administration and staff, as well as self-nominations, are welcome. Nominations should be sent to Nancy Greco, Instruction Librarian.

The award recipient will be chosen by the members of the Library Committee. The Library Committee is a faculty assembly committee of eleven members; eight faculty members, one graduate student, one undergraduate student, and the Library director.

Award

  • An individual plaque of recognition
  • A dining certificate for a Rochester restaurant
  • Award recipient's name engraved on the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award plaque in the library

For more information contact Nancy Greco, ngreco@sjfc.edu at (585)385-8139.

Past Award Recipients

Dr. Mona Gandhi

Dr. Mona Gandhi

2014 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award.

Learn more about Dr. Mona Gandhi.


Dr. Michael Boller

Dr. Michael Boller

2013 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. 

Learn more about Dr. Michael Boller.


Dr. Stephen Brauer

Dr. Stephen Brauer

2012 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. 

Learn more about Dr. Stephen Brauer.


Dr. Susan Schultz

Dr. Susan Schultz

2011 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

Learn more about Dr. Susan Schultz.


Dr. Kristin Picardo

Dr. Kristin Picardo

2010 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. 

Learn more about Dr. Kristin Picardo.


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