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Information Literacy Through Entrepreneurial Thinking: Activities for Teaching Across the Disciplines

Learning activities to support students in developing information literacy and research skills through entrepreneurial thinking

Support for this Project

The activities in this document, created by Rowan University librarians Michelle Kowalsky and Andrea Baer, support the university’s goals of fostering information literacy and of integrating the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship across the Rowan curriculum. This project was created with fellowship support from the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE), a campus-wide initiative which promotes entrepreneurship across the curriculum. The RCIE offers resources and support to Rowan faculty looking to integrate elements of entrepreneurship and innovation into their courses. 

Similarly, Rowan University Libraries (RUL) supports research development by providing access to information resources, as well as through instructional and reference services that align with the curricular, research, and clinical information needs of the Rowan community. Research and information literacy skills enable students to become more self-directed learners and more critical thinkers, as they engage in inquiry and investigation.


Michelle Kowalsky is the Business Librarian at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches research skills to graduate and undergraduate students and advises thesis and dissertation students. Her research interests focus on the intersection of technology and learning, particularly in information use and understanding for business, in the progression of research skills for students at all levels, and in improvement of library experiences for students with disabilities.

Andrea Baer is a Public Services Librarian at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches digital and information literacy to students in both discipline-specific and transdisciplinary contexts and supports other faculty in integrating information and digital literacy into their teaching. Her research interests include learning and affect, digital literacy, critical reflective practice, and teacher identity and development. 

Attribution/CC License

These initial activities exist as an open educational resource (OER), with a Creative Commons license and a stable URL. Please replicate, mashup, or extend these ideas in any way that fosters student learning. Please provide a link and credit to this original document by Kowalsky and Baer (2021), whose work was supported by the Rowan Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. We are interested in your feedback and welcome your feedback about your experiences using these methods.

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Recommended Citation

APA 7th
Kowalsky, M., & Baer, A. (2021, October). Activities to foster information literacy through entrepreneurial thinking: Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Project 2021. Rowan University, NJ. https://libguides.rowan.edu/infolit_entrepreneur

MLA 9th 
Kowalsky, Michelle, and Andrea Baer. “Activities to Foster Information Literacy through Entrepreneurial Thinking: Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Project 2021.” Rowan U, NJ, Nov. 2021, libguides.rowan.edu/infolit_entrepreneur. Accessed 15 Feb. 2022.

Chicago 17th / Author-Date Style
Kowalsky, Michelle, and Andrea Baer, “Activities to Foster Information Literacy through Entrepreneurial Thinking: Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Project 2021", Rowan University, NJ, November, 2021, https://libguides.rowan.edu/infolit_entrepreneur.

Harvard Referencing System
Kowalsky, M & Baer, A 2021, 'Activities to Foster Information Literacy through Entrepreneurial Thinking: Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Project 2021'. Rowan University, NJ, available at https://libguides.rowan.edu/infolit_entrepreneur (accessed 15 February 2022).