What is Information Literacy?

"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."  --American Library Association

One of the objectives of the libraries’ mission is to teach our users the skills necessary to identify, select, evaluate, and retrieve information. This supports the University’s mission to “educate students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.” Underlying our curriculum is the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, developed in 2016 by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL.)

Many students are unfamiliar with how to effectively use academic research resources to complete papers or other projects. Your students will be introduced to strategies for searching and learn how to critically evaluate the results of their searches. They will become proficient in using catalogs, databases, and the Internet, which in turn will reduce their library anxiety. In upper division and graduate classes, we can also teach them about the research process and contemporary scholarly communication.