In celebration of its fourth year in campaigning for Information Literacy, De La Salle University (DLSU) is hosting a series of seminars and events at the 6th Floor of its Henry Sy, Sr. Hall from November 8 to 12, 2016. One of the recent highlights in its week-long celebration is a lecture given by U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar John Hickok on the value of information literacy to learners and how to overcome technological challenges in conducting research.
A welcome speech was given by Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Services Ms. Kai Shan Fernandez. “With the advent of the digital information age, information is made available to us in different formats and is increasing at a rapid pace. The internet, media and other resources are available to us 24/7 and are essential for our decision making and problem solving activities, whether at work in education or at home,” she said.
John Hickok, the keynote speaker on the first day, is a US Fulbright senior scholar in the Philippines for AY 2016-2017 who is a specialist in “U.S. Best Library Practices to Philippine Library and Information Science (LIS) Curriculum” and is currently affiliated with Centro Escolar University (CEU), Philippine Normal University (PNU), and University of Santo Tomas (UST). He is a professor at the California State University in Fullerton.
Hickok tells students to use the C.R.A.A.P. test to determine if their online sources of information are credible for use in academic research. C.R.A.A.P. stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. He also cautions students against plagiarism and the use of citation generators. “Don’t trust these [citation generators] a hundred percent. Please use our own eyes and brains when you look at it because these things are just machines.”