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Journal of the
Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association
Volume 14, Number 1 (2014)

Developing Information Literacy Skills for Tomorrow’s Music Industry Leaders

Keith Hatschek, University of the Pacific
and
Veronica A. Wells, University of the Pacific

Abstract

    What research skills should undergraduate music industry studies majors 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 paper discusses one model of developing research skills that a future music industry leader will need. The authors 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 twenty-first century core competency by faculty, administrators, and accrediting agencies