Owen Library - Information Literacy/Library Instruction
Information literacy is essential to the success of students in the twenty-first century, and is the basis of lifelong learning. The information, visual, media, and multicultural literacies at the center of Owen Library's Instruction Program will provide students with the skills they need to succeed in their academic careers, personal lives, and beyond.
According to the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education, an information literate person:
*determines the nature and extent of the information needed,
*accesses needed information effectively and efficiently,
*evaluates information and its sources critically,
*uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, and
*uses information ethically and legally.
For more information on the commitment of the University Library System to information literacy, please consult the ULS Information Literacy and Assessment of Learning Program website.
Integrating Information Literacy
Librarians are dedicated to partnering with faculty to ensure that students become fluent in the above mentioned information-seeking skills. Librarians can assist in the integration of information literacy by working with classroom faculty to provide course-integrated library instruction that helps students systematically approach new topics and become familiar with discipline-specific tools, or by developing course assignments that tie into the Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education. Instructors are encouraged to request library instruction for their class and/or discuss with a librarian designing course-related assignments that emphasize critical thinking skills.
Owen Library offers several other ways for students and faculty to individually increase their information literacy skills. Each semester, Owen Library offers several Library Workshops that incorporate information literacy objectives and provide strategies for the development of strong research skills.
The ULS has also developed several online tutorials specifically tied to information literacy skills. These tutorials can be embedded directly into courses and linked to from CourseWeb or they can be used as stand-alone modules to enhance information seeking skills. The tutorials can be accessed through the Online Tutorials tab to the left.
You may also wish to visit the Reference Services page for Owen Library Guides and handouts.
ULS LibGuides are also available to provide course-related research assistance.