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Information Literacy Coordinator Helping Research

Information Literacy Coordinator Helps Research

Rares Piloiu is an information literacy coordinator at Otterbein’s Courtright Memorial Library who uses his scholarly endeavors to advance his knowledge for the benefit of Otterbein’s students. Among his activities, he participated in the librarian exchange program through the BII (Bibliothek & Information International) and Goethe Institut in May 2015. He was a guest in Germany at the University of Regensburg and at the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg. He collaborated with German colleagues in the areas of information literacy instruction and digital collections. We caught up with him to discuss others aspects of his ongoing research.

Which particular topic do you most enjoy teaching?
The politicization of science in the academic publishing world.

What is your research/scholarship/creative/service area of interest?
Information literacy theory, communication theories, intellectual history.

What are you currently working on?
I am working on two distinct projects: developing a paper on early 20th century anti-American sentiment in the European leftist intellectual press and another one on the intersection between cognitive theory, hermeneutics and information literacy.

How has the Faculty Scholar Development Committee allowed you to pursue your research/scholarship/creative work/service?
I appreciate FSDC’s support through its summer writing grants in particular. This has allowed me to support my research, collect data and write a scholarly article that will appear in a peer-reviewed library science journal, The Journal of Information Literacy.

How do you involve students in your academic endeavors or mentor students in their own academic endeavors?
I am interested in finding out if they have any intellectual curiosities and then try to work from there. 

Why should every person you meet want to know more about your area of expertise?
I think the area of information literacy is relevant across the board because everyone runs, sooner or later, into issues of research education. For instructors, figuring out how to teach the students to ask relevant questions, to sift through pertinent literature, to look for the right sources, to integrate them in a meaningful manner, to create new information that is both relevant and original, to understand the discrete mechanisms involved in knowledge creation and publication, to navigate the complex world of research ethical dilemmas, etc., is a very important component of their profession.

If you were not an educator, what would be your dream job?
Court poet/philosopher.

What are your hobbies outside the classroom?
I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, cooking and listening to music.

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