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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.

About the Information Literacy Award and Nomination Process

Char Smith

Char Smith

2018/2019 Award Recipient

Lavery Library is pleased to present the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. This award is given to a St. John Fisher College faculty member who actively supports information literacy.

The 2018/2019 recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award is Dr. Charlene M. Smith.

Dr. Char Smith, DNS, MSEd, WHNP, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF, has been advocating for information literacy competency development for students and practitioners in the health professions throughout her nursing career. A registered professional nurse since 1976, Dr. Smith has worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nursing supervisor, school nurse, clinical instructor, and clinical care manager. As a nurse educator in both practice and academics since 1989, Dr. Smith has advanced the purposeful integration of information literacy competencies in nursing courses across all program levels at Fisher.

According to Dr. Smith, students and practitioners in the health professions need to develop competency in information literacy. They must understand health literacy to promote safe patient care.

In an effort to insure health literacy among nursing students in the Wegman School of Nursing, Dr. Smith integrated information literacy across the curriculum through specific assignments in NURS 304, NURS 456, and GNUR 713. In collaboration with the nursing liaison librarian, Michelle Price, first semester junior students learn about health related databases, search strategies, and differentiating popular, trade, and research articles for their assignments.

As the co-chair of the 2009 Wegmans School of Nursing Undergraduate Curriculum Revision Committee, Dr. Smith provided guidance and structure to faculty to intentionally map information literacy, in addition to other competencies, across the curriculum. Since that time, annual faculty course evaluations ensure learning outcomes, assignments, and evaluation methods maintain a focus on scholarly writing and information literacy. Additionally, Dr. Smith spearheaded the adoption and coordinated training of an evidence-based, online nursing clinical decision tool for student and faculty to access e-resources.

Dr. Smith consults with and advises students, faculty, and practitioners on scholarship activities, and published her own article describing the use of mobile devices in the classroom to support nurses’ competency in information literacy.  Her article “Harnessing mobile devices in the classroom,” was published in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing in 2012.

Given her leadership in promoting information literacy among her students and peers at St. John Fisher College and within the health care community, Lavery Library and the Library Committee are pleased to recognize Dr. Charlene Smith as this year's Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award recipient.

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