What is information literacy?
There are five basic standards that define the set of abilities that an information literate student needs to develop1. They are:
- The information student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
- The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
- The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base.
- The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
- The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
1Association of College & Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
The mission of the Sueltenfuss Library is to cultivate information literacy at OLLU by:
- Teaching the lifelong skills of finding and evaluating information in order for students to succeed at OLLU and beyond.
- Working collaboratively with faculty to identify resources and learning activities to teach information literacy competencies2.
- Assisting faculty in validating courses for the Technology & Information Literacy (TIL) component of the general education program.
- Designing assignment-specific library instruction sessions for courses as requested by the instructor.
2As defined by the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
Find Your Library Liaison
Each department is assigned a faculty librarian as their liaison. Faculty librarians provide guidance in the selection of materials and also provides information literacy instruction. For a list of library liaisons, click here.
General Education Validation for Information Literacy
Technology and Information Literacy is a general education requirement at OLLU. The Sueltenfuss Library can help you get your course validated for this requirement. For more information, contact Steve Wise, Head of Reference & Instruction, at 431-4118 or email@example.com
Assessing Information Literacy
Examples of Information Literacy Assignments
These websites can give you some ideas on how to incorporate information literacy assignments into your classes:
Other Information Literacy Links
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