Lowe Receives Faculty Information Literacy Award

October 30, 2017

Dr. Barbara Lowe, associate professor of philosophy and director of First-Year Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been named the 8th recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. Every year, Lavery Library chooses one member of the St. John Fisher College faculty who actively supports information literacy to receive the award, given for Mark Szarejko ’80 in recognition of his support of the Library.

Barbara Lowe

The award, presented by Dr. Kevin Railey, was given during the Annual Fisher Scholarship Celebration on Friday, Oct. 20. At this event—which brings faculty and staff together to share their scholarly works—Lowe was honored for her connections between first-year writing and the Library, and her five years of information literacy work with, Melissa Jadlos, director of the Library. The pair are currently working on a paper to share their experience using Association of American Colleges and Universities Problem-Based Learning workshops to progress information literacy within the classroom.

“Dr. Lowe's commitment to information literacy and faculty, student, and librarian collaboration [is] ‘never a token nod to this work, but a full and robust partnership and sharing of expertise,’” wrote Dr. Jill Swiencicki, who nominated Lowe for the award.

Lowe works with the library professionals to advance information literacy in many ways. She has librarians on the First-Year Program Advisory Team, and the Learning Community and Research-Based Writing Assessment Committees. As she aims to advance information literacy skills among the faculty, she also seeks to advance information literacy skills among her students.

“I embrace and include our fantastic librarians as part of our extended First-Year Program community of educators,” said Lowe in her acceptance speech. “The more we collaborate and the more we share our expertise, the greater the growth of our students and the fuller the toolbox we have to offer them as they progress through their education.”

This past spring, Lowe and Stacia Maiorani, First-Year Program librarian, presented their poster, “College Freshmen, FYP Faculty, & Librarians,” at the High School and College Librarians: Collaborating for Student Success Conference.

“This work has been very rewarding and I know that I am fortunate to be able to come to Fisher each day and have this be what I do. I am a lucky person, as I get to create and engage ideas with some amazing colleagues and equally amazing students,” said Lowe. “I cannot think of anything that is more important than this work that we do together.”