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Information Literacy

Request An Information Literacy Session

Request an Information Literacy Session

Our Library Instruction Room, located on the first floor of the University/College Library, is intended to provide Faculty Librarians with a teaching space to offer students, faculty, and staff a hands-on experience on the use of library resources and services, information literacy, and research strategies. To ensure users are informed of the proper use of the instruction space, the library's Information Literacy Program and Room Use Policy is available below.
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About Information Literacy

Information literacy is a process; a library instruction session is but one step.

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.

An information literate individual is able to:
  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally

View the PDF for more on Information Literacy and how educators can incorporate competency standards into their courses and assignments.

Information Literacy Sessions at the University/College Library

Each hands-on library instruction session is facilitated by a Faculty Librarian and is designed to engage students in learning research strategies, identifying and locating sources of information, and evaluating and citing sources.

Librarians can provide:

  • a tour of the library,
  • a general overview of library services and resources,
  • assignment-specific sessions and special topic workshops aimed at teaching specific skills, such as evaluating websites or creating MLA style citations,
  • multi-session visits where instructors can schedule several classes throughout the course
Sessions are typically 45 minutes long, but multi-class visits throughout the semester requiring extended Faculty-Librarian collaboration are also encouraged.