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Fe University Class on Information Literacy

March 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mercer Library

Fe University course on Information Literacy begins March 7

 Fe University is pleased to offer a course on “Information Literacy and Independent Research” beginning on March 7th at the Mercer Library. It will be taught in a 4-week session by librarian Teresa Schmidt.

 Information literacy is more important than ever in the era of fake news and a glut of online information. “Information Literacy and Independent Research” will give attendees a basic understanding of information literacy and how to research writing, genealogy, local history, medical, political, or other interests. Students will learn about the tools needed to conduct research online and using library resources. More importantly, students will learn how to evaluate the information they find. The course will teach participants how to define an information need, develop a research plan, retrieve information from a variety of sources, evaluate and compare information, and gain a basic understanding of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use of copyrighted material.

 The course will be held at the Mercer Library on Tuesdays, March 7, 21, and 28 and April 4, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It is open to anyone with an interest in conducting independent research using library materials and online sources.

 Instructor Teresa Schmidt obtained her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She regularly teaches computer and technology courses to adults and senior citizens through her work as the director of the Mercer Public Library.

 Space is limited, so please register early. Cost for the class is $30 or $25 if registration and payment are received by February 21. Scholarships are available. For more information on the class, visit www.feuniversity.org or call 715-476-2366. Registration forms may be obtained at the Mercer Library, the UW Extension office at the Iron County Courthouse, or downloaded from the website. Mail payment and registration to Fe University, PO Box 63, Hurley, WI 54534, or drop it off at the Mercer Library.

 This is one of four courses offered by Fe University this winter, including courses on Anishinaabe history, the history of the witch panic in the 16th and 17th centuries, and conversational Spanish. Visit www.feuniversity.org for the full course descriptions and schedules.

 The mission of Fe University is to provide quality, university-level learning experiences for adults ages 50 and older through diverse short courses and lectures; however, younger students are welcome. We provide opportunities for people to discover the joy of lifelong learning at its best without the pressure of tests, grades, or educational requirements. Get inspired to live liFE, learn longer, and have some laughs too.