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Lorette Weldon has had over two decades of experience as a certified IT Librarian (Master’s of Library Science (MLS) and BS (Information Systems Management)). She also has her doctorate in Education. She is currently a researcher, lecturer, and instructor in methods of working smarter for business professionals in the private, public, non-profit and government sectors. She has spoken at conferences for the Special Libraries Association, Computers in Libraries, and Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. She has written the following books in relation to library management: “SharePoint Without Coding: My Notes for Embedding the Librarian” and “Research and Social Networking” available through www.amazon.com; co-author of “Practices for Government Libraries 2010: The New Face of Value” which is available through Lexis-Nexis. See also has two sites, Librarians Using SharePoint and Computer Savviness. Her published books may be purchased via Amazon.

Academically Supporting Entering Freshmen: High School Graduates Unprepared to be College Freshmen

In Part 5 of her 5 part series, Lorette Weldon, Librarian and Educator discusses how high school students are not guaranteed success in college when they have completed college-preparatory courses. In high school English, mathematics and science courses, students have not consistently been taught how “to draw inferences, interpret results, analyze conflicting source documents, support arguments with evidence, solve complex problems that have no obvious answer, draw conclusions, offer explanations, conduct research, and generally think deeply about what they are being taught.”

Subjects: Education

The Support from Standardized Tests: High School Graduates Unprepared to be College Freshmen

In Part 4 of a 5 Part series, Librarian and Educator Lorette Weldon focuses on a core issue related to STEM education – high school students are not guaranteed success in college when they have completed college-preparatory courses. Weldon outlines the curriculum requirements that substantiate a progression to higher education.

Subjects: Education

Unprepared Colleges and Universities Need A Self-Evaluation (Part 3 of 5: The Beginning of Information Illiteracy)

In Part 3 of a 5 Part series, Librarian and Educator Lorette Weldon focuses on a challenging issue – data, placement tests and student records should provide school administrators with the history of courses students have taken and what credit they received. Yet despite this information, every year there between 16% and 40% of entering freshmen are unprepared for college level courses.

Subjects: Education

Information Illiteracy Stopped through the Developmental Education Program

In Part 2 of her 5 part series, Lorette Weldon, Librarian and Educator, shares insightful and actionable research on why high school students are not guaranteed success in college when they have completed college-preparatory courses, and methods to overcome these challenges.

Subjects: Librarian Resources

The Beginning of Information Illiteracy (Part 1 of 5)

In Part 1 of her 5 part series, Lorette Weldon, Librarian and Adjunct Professor in Developmental Reading, discusses the reasons for and challenges of entering college freshmen who cannot read or write. Her emphasis is on the value of implementing developmental reading programs.

Subjects: Librarian Resources, Patriot Act

Communication Problems through SharePoint

Lorette Weldon’s article is a gateway to training about how SharePoint uses a technology of programming without coding. Her pathfinder empowers librarians not familiar with database management to create a web part from within SharePoint that does not require any programming knowledge. As Weldon teaches us, the end-user does not have to code to put a fully functional SharePoint site together.

Subjects: Uncategorized

Computer Savviness: Step 4 to Information Literacy

Lorette Weldon shares her roadmap to Computer Savviness – be flexible enough to learn new concepts, methods, and technology developed for different kinds of communities – and do not be not averse to discovering and trying new applications and tools to learn and discern what may work best for your specific environment.

Subjects: Internet Trends, KM, Libraries & Librarians, Reference Resources, Reference Services, Search Strategies

Wikipedia and Information Literacy: Step 5 to Information Literacy

Lorette Weldon teaches her students to be critical and aware users of Wikipedia for research projects and assignments of any kind. Lorette provides specific criteria to benchmark content on Wikipedia for value, reliability, time frames when information has been posted and updated, as well as any evident bias.

Subjects: Internet Resources - Web Links, Internet Trends, Open Source, Search Engines

Creating the Information Literate Warrior: Step 6 to Information Literacy

In this part of her ongoing series, Lorette Weldon concentrates on successful methods for developing needed tools for kids’ study through demonstrations to show them how to find the information on their own.

Subjects: Internet Resources, Internet Resources - Web Links, Internet Trends, Libraries & Librarians, Reference Services

Archiving Transparency and Accountability: Step 3 to Information Literacy

In Part 3 of Lorette Weldon’s series she discusses the virtual assistant she created to review with clients the search methods that were covered in face to face customer interactions. Weldon emphasizes that this methodology creates and maintains transparency, enhancing learning and sustaining relationships. Links to Part 1 and Part 2.

Subjects: Distance Learning, Libraries & Librarians, Library Marketing, Reference Services
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