What is information literacy?
According to Association of College & Research Libraries - ACRL (2000) The information literate student:
- Determines the nature and extent of the information needed
- Accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base
- Uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- Understands the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
Learn more about Information Literacy, view the standards in their entirety on ACRL's page
Information Literacy at UWS
All Writing 101 students are provided an "Introduction to the Library" scavenger hunt.
All Writ 102 students participate in research assignments that have librarian provided information literacy components. Specifically Writing 102 students are taught the basics of creating keywords and search strings from a research question, the difference between scholarly and popular periodicals, and the importance of citing information. These skills are measured with a pre & post test.
The instruction librarian works with key courses to provide discipline specific library instruction ranging from lower-division undergraduate courses to graduate level research courses.
What is Information Literacy Library Instruction?
Instructors are invited to schedule an information literacy library instruction session, taught by a librarian, for their students. Each session is tailored to meet the unique requirements of a specific course or assignment. Library instruction can be scheduled for your entire class period, a segment of your class period, and/or you can collaborate with a librarian on curriculum/assignments to help your students become information literate.
To request library instruction please fill out the form found on the "Request Form" tab above.
You can also contact Information Literacy Librarian, Colleen Knettel, with questions, concerns, or to set up an in-person consultation.
Library Instruction Policies
- Please use the online form above whenever possible to schedule library instruction. Personal phone calls, emails, and in-person consultations with the Information Literacy Librarian are also acceptable.
- Please request library instruction at least 1 week in advance of the date requested. This helps us best plan the instruction for your students as well as ensure we have a lab available.
- Library instruction should be scheduled for your usual class time, not as an additional or extra credit opportunity.
- The instructor must attend the library instruction with their class. They will be able to provide valuable input and comments during the session and their presence will stress the importance of information literacy to the students. During "hands-on" segments of the class the instructor may be called upon to assist the librarian.