Instruction: General Information

  • The IUP Libraries instruction team’s mission is to develop a wide variety of different instructional services for the students of IUP that address various aspects of information literacy.

    Services include:

    • Teaching credit-bearing courses
    • Teaching bibliographic sessions as requested
    • Providing individualized instruction as requested
    • Creating supporting materials accessible electronically as well as in paper

    Information literacy is defined as being able to recognize when information is needed and to have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

    Information literacy is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It forms the basis for lifelong learning.

    Information literacy skills will allow a person to:

    • Determine the extent of an information need
    • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
    • 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

    About Instruction

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    Maria Barefoot, Instruction Librarian
    Phone: 724-357-2338