“Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”
—From the Association of College and Research Libraries. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. (Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.)
The information literacy framework was developed by the ACRL board as a tool for incorporating the competency standards into higher education. The six core concepts of the framework are below:
These frames can and should be incorporated into subject curriculum throughout a student’s education to help them understand how information plays a critical role in their studies and future careers.
—Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. (American Library Association. February 2, 2015)
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Credit-bearing instruction can provide a valuable foundation for information literacy for your students. These classes are highly recommended as in introduction
to information literacy and provide a foundation that can grow through your entire curriculum. We usually recommend taking a credit-bearing information literacy course at the same time as a writing intensive course.
Library Instruction sessions involve a librarian coming to your class as a guest speaker for one or more class sessions. This type of instruction
provides the best outcomes when it is paired with a research-oriented assignment that requires the students to find, evaluate, and use information sources. It is a wonderful supplement to the foundations offered in the credit bearing courses.
If you would like to incorporate information literacy into your curriculum in another way, please contact Maria Barefoot at (724) 357-2338 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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