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Literati Student Athlete: Not for 'Road' Scholars Only

Magazine article Information Today

Literati Student Athlete: Not for 'Road' Scholars Only

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Credo Reference is on a roll. Within less than a year after launching Literati Academic and Literati Public, more than 600 institutions had signed up for the innovative solution to help specialized communities learn critical information skills for today's environment.

In fact, Literati Public recently won the 2013 CODiE Award from the SIIA content division in the Best General Reference Service category. And Credo recently added two more tools to its toolkit: Literati School (to help prepare students for college) and Literati Student Athlete (to help student athletes in college).

The Literati solutions quickly filled a critical gap in the academic and public communities around information literacy and information fluency, according to Carol Helton, executive vice president of customer solutions and marketing. "Literati is part of the next generation of online reference solutions," she says. "Since it is built on a RESTful API, this open framework allows us to mold it into anything we want." Each Literati solution blends content, technology, and customized services that are designed to help students of any age develop and fine-tune their information skills.

Raising the Academic Bar

While Literati Academic is catering to the writing and research needs of first- and second-year university students, Literati Student Athlete does that and more. It addresses the specific needs of collegiate athletes who contend with the challenges of sports practice and frequent travel to away games that can cut into vital study time. Louisiana State University's Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes and Charleston Southern University Student-Athlete Success Program were two of the first institutions to sign on the dotted line.

"There's a lot of customization possible," says Helton. "We not only can brand it for each site, but we can customize the tools for each site. Universities tell us what they want, we do the work, and we apply it."

Research tools, videos, and tutorials are tailored for each system with Academic and Student Athlete. "We keep the content fresh in order to keep students engaged," says Helton. Once users begin a search, they are dropped into the search results with access to a customized topics page. The institution can load individual resources onto the platform that it subscribes to, along with related resource links to the library catalog, ProQuest, JSTOR, or whatever resources are appropriate for the search topic. …

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