Marilyn Plavocos Arnone

Marilyn Plavocos Arnone

Research Associate Professor | Associate Professor of Practice

Hinds Hall | Phone: (252) 649-4522

mparnone@syr.edu

Overview

Dr. Marilyn Arnone holds a dual appointment as an Associate Professor of Practice and Research Associate Professor at the iSchool. In 2016, she received a Carnegie-Whitney Award from the American Library Association (ALA) to create a database of paired literary and informational texts with active learning strategies for K-12 librarians and educators. She was co-director of the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL) from 2010 - 2015 and serves as principal investigator for one of the Center's signature projects, S.O.S. for Information Literacy. This research and demonstration project was awarded National Leadership Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2002, 2005, and 2008, and is a multimedia database of information literacy lesson plans, support materials and services for K-12 librarians and classroom teachers, and now higher education. With a background in instructional design, development, and evaluation, her research explores motivation and achievement in face-to-face and cyberlearning environments with a keen interest in intellectual curiosity and engagement. She is vice-chair of evaluation for the Institute on Disability and Public Policy which prepares disability policy leaders for the ASEAN region. She served as co-PI on an IMLS SPARKS! Ignition Grant in 2012 pilot testing three online automated Web evaluation instruments researched and developed by Drs. Small and Arnone available at www.mywebcheck.net (see article on WebCHECK in Library Media Connection). She is currently Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Ruth Small on an IMLS National Leadership Grant entitled the Young Innovators Project.

School Library Research recently published her article (with Small and Weng, 2016) entitled Are Self-Perception Measures Used in School Library Research Transferable to the Public Library Context of Summer Reading Programs? based on results of her study on summer reading programs. Marilyn was lead author in 2013 on a chapter entitled “A Blended Instructional Design Approach to Accessible Cyberlearning” in Handbook of Design in Educational Technology (Routledge Publishers) with co-authors Drs. Jennifer Ellis and Derrick Cogburn. She was also first author of a chapter in The Creative Imperative: School Librarians and Teachers Cultivating Curiosity Together (Libraries Unlimited) entitled "Acting on Curiosity: What's changed, What Hasn't, and What Educators Can Do About It" (2013).

Marilyn has authored several books including Motivational Design: The Secret to Producing Effective Children's Media in 2005. In 2010, she released the first e-book project of the Center for Digital Literacy entitled From the Creative Minds of 21st-Century Librarians. She is also the creator and author of the Curious Kids series of storybooks and guides for educators to use in stimulating curiosity for research and for introducing information skills to children in the primary grades. The series was published by Libraries Unlimited, a division of Greenwood Publishing. She launched a new website in September 2015 featuring the same Curious Kids with the goal of fostering real curious kids' sense of curiosity and inquiry about nature. She also co-authored Turning Kids On To Research: The Power of Motivation and several other books with Dr. Ruth Small including Teaching for Inquiry: Engaging the Learner Within (Small, Arnone, Stripling, & Berger, 2012) from Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. Her CV provides additional detail on journal articles and other publications published through 2015.

As a former partner in Creative Media Solutions, Syracuse, NY for more than 12 years, she acquired a track record of producing quality educational/informational media. In that role, she served as director of research and evaluation for a children's television program that promoted art and creativity and aired nationally in re-runs on The Learning Channel (TLC) from 1996 to 2003. She has designed and produced media for numerous Syracuse University projects including a DVD designed to promote school media as a career entitled TEN BEST REASONS to become a library media specialist in a high needs school.

Marilyn received her master's degree in education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and her Ph.D. in instructional design, development, and evaluation from Syracuse University's School of Education with a strong interest in interactive learning technologies, instructional strategies, and motivation.

Research

Marilyn's research interests center on exploring motivational aspects of information-seeking competence and behavior including perceived competence, autonomy, and social relatedness in both formal and informal learning environments. As curiosity is critical to scholarship, she is especially interested in the relationship between curiosity (i.e. willingness to explore until uncertainty is resolved) and perceived competence in information and digital literacies.

Research by Arnone & Reynolds published in School Library Media Research provided empirical support for the inclusion of dispositions in action in the American Association of School Librarians’ updated Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

She served as the principal investigator on an IMLS funded project entitled "Investigating Self-Determination Variables in Summer Reading Program Participants" which explored connections between free voluntary reading and information literacy and intrinsic motivation to read. She is lead author on "Are Self Perceptions Measures Used in School Library Research Transferable to the Public Library Context of Summer Reading Programs?" to be published in School Library Research, Volume 19, Issue 1, 2016.

Teaching

In 2009 and 2010, Marilyn received Imagining America Foundation grants to develop and implement a course called Digital Content Creation for Communities in which students work with local community organizations with little funding to solve information needs that can be addressed through digital media.  The course reflects the concept of scholarship in action which is a campus-wide initiative. Other 3-credit courses she has taught or is currently teaching include:

  • Literacy through School Libraries
  • Youth Services in Libraries and Information Centers
  • Motivating 21st Century Learning
  • Information Technologies in Educational Organizations
  • Storytelling for Information Professionals
  • Environmental Programming with Libraries
  • Library Services for Students with Disabilities

In 2015, she piloted a 2-credit course called Literacy, Inquiry, and Nature for Libraries. The course focused on strategies and methods, informed by theory and practice, for working with early and middle childhood patrons that integrate literacy and inquiry skills in the context of nature and the environment. The course also addressed global sustainability issues of environment, social ethics, and economics as they pertained to libraries. 

Marilyn taught an undergraduate course entitled Information Reporting and Presentation a number of times in the late 90s and in 2000. The course utilized an interdisciplinary perspective in reporting and presenting information, drawing on knowledge from fields of information science, management, communications, education, visual arts, and computer science. She team-taught Motivation and Information Literacy (IST 663) with Dr. Ruth , a three-credit course in both distance education and face to face formats since 1997. The course covers designing, delivering, and evaluating instruction and instructional materials that motivate student learning. The team also taught Motivation in Instructional Design, cross-listed with the School of Education in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996. This course took a more theoretical approach to exploring motivation as it pertains to education and learning. Drs. Small and Arnone also taught Techniques for Motivating Learning and Performance in Organizations, a three credit course for IBM students in Toronto, Canada as part of a distance education program of study.

Personal

Personal interests include music, storytelling, puppetry, and the environment. While not currently practicing martial arts, she achieved a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate in 2001.

Teaching


Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2017 IST611 M800 Info. Tech. in Educ. Orgs.
Fall 2017 IST564 M800 Lib Svces to Students w/Disab
Fall 2017 IST612 M400 Youth Svce inLibrary Info Ctrs
Spring 2018 IST646 M800 Storytelling Info Professional
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2016 IST611 M800 Info. Tech. in Educ. Orgs.
Fall 2016 IST564 M800 Lib Svces to Students w/Disab
Spring 2017 IST646 M800 Storytelling Info Professional
Summer 2017 IST612 M050 Youth Svce inLibrary Info Ctrs
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2015 IST611 M800 Info. Tech. in Educ. Orgs.
Spring 2016 IST600 M802 Envir. Prog. W/Libraries
Summer 2016 IST646 M800 Storytelling Info Professional
Summer 2016 IST612 M050 Youth Svce inLibrary Info Ctrs
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2014 IST611 M800 Info. Tech. in Educ. Orgs.
Spring 2015 IST663 M800 Motivating 21st Cent. Learning
Spring 2015 IST600 M802 Literacy, Inquiry, and Nature
Summer 2015 IST646 M800 Storytelling Info Professional
Summer 2015 IST612 M050 Youth Svce inLibrary Info Ctrs
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2013 IST611 M800 Info. Tech. in Educ. Orgs.
Spring 2014 IST663 M800 Motivating 21st Cent. Learning
Summer 2014 IST612 M050 Youth Svce inLibrary Info Ctrs
Summer 2014 IST646 M800 Storytelling
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2012 IST880 M001 Intensive Seminar
Fall 2012 IST611 M800 Info. Tech. in Educ. Orgs.
Spring 2013 IST611 M800 Info. Tech. in Educ. Orgs.
Spring 2013 IST663 M800 Motivating 21st Cent. Learning
Summer 2013 IST612 M050 Youth Svce inLibrary Info Ctrs
Summer 2013 IST880 M540 Intensive Seminar
Summer 2013 IST646 M800 Storytelling
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2011 IST611 M800 Info. Tech. in Educ. Orgs.
Spring 2012 IST663 M800 Motivating 21st Cent. Learning
Summer 2012 IST612 M050 Youth Svce inLibrary Info Ctrs
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2010 IST601 M001 Info. & Info Environments
Fall 2010 IST663 M001 Motivation & Info Literacy
Fall 2010 IST400 M005 Digital Content Creation for C
Fall 2010 IST600 M003 Digital Content Creation for C
Spring 2011 IST668 M800 Litrcy Through Schl Libraries
Summer 2011 IST612 M050 Youth Svce inLibrary Info Ctrs
Summer 2011 IST663 M830 Motivating 21st Cent. Learning
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2009 IST663 M001 Motivation & Info Literacy
Spring 2010 IST400 M007 Digital iCreation/Community
Spring 2010 IST600 M011 Digital iCreation/Community
Summer 2010 IST600 M032 Storytelling
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2008 IST663 M001 Motivation & Info Literacy
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2007 IST663 M001 Motivation & Info Literacy
Semester Course Section Title
Spring 2006 IST810 M031 Practicum in Research
Summer 2006 IST504 M002 Motivation & Info Literacy
Semester Course Section Title
Summer 2005 IST504 M001 Motivation & Info Literacy