Title

Developing Information Literacy Skills for Tomorrow’s Music Industry Leaders

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Conference Title

Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association conference

Location

Nashville, TN

Conference Dates

March 21-22, 2014

Date of Presentation

3-21-2014

Abstract

What research skills should an undergraduate music industry studies major develop over the course of their studies? With the non-stop proliferation of news and information sources available, how are students being trained to do research appropriate to their field to make informed decisions? Some employers now screen for information literacy skills as a preferred qualification, due to the perception that recent graduates lack advanced research skills. This presentation will discuss one model of developing research skills a future music industry leader will need. The presenters will show the collaboration between faculty and librarians that progressively teach students to find, access, evaluate, and use a variety of credible sources. Assignments embedded in various courses in the major allow students to scaffold and advance their confidence and skills to conduct meaningful research. These skills have been identified as a vital 21st-century core competency by faculty, administrators and accrediting agencies.