Alissa Talley-Pixley is combining work and study as she prepares for a career of public service. At the U-M Library, she conducts technology-related workshops that teach students, faculty, and staff how to use databases and bibliographic management tools while discussing the research process. As a second-year MSI student in SI 641: “Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning,” Alissa is learning about information literacy theories while participating in field work to put those theories into practice.
Her class project for SI 641 includes creating an online guide on “computer basics” that will provide concrete information on how to effectively navigate ever-changing computer interfaces and the Internet. “Through studying information and digital literacy, it’s become clear that students in K-12 need to be learning these types of skills, just as many people in the academic world still need instruction around these topics,” she says.
In addition to her interests in assisting people in their research, on a larger scale she says “I’d like to create more partnerships and collaborations between the University, public libraries, and K-12 schools to create more cohesive learning processes and usage of resources as we continue into the digital age.”
Alissa is from Fenton, Michigan, and graduated from U-M in 2006 with a BA in psychology. She worked in nonprofit organizations before returning to campus employment as an associate at the U-M library; she began her degree program at SI in fall 2010 and plans to begin a second master’s degree program in higher education starting in winter 2012. Her goal at SI has been to find better ways to share information with various populations.