What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (Association of College and Research Libraries Framework).

Reflective Discovery

Reflective Discovery

Finds information efficiently and effectively.

Critical Assessment

Critical Assessment

Evaluates credibility and utility of sources.

Informed Creation

Informed Creation

Understands affordances of various media for communicating

Ethical Participation

Ethical Participation

Understands the political, economic, and social conditions of information production and use.

Why Do We Teach Information Literacy?

39% of our incoming first-year students understand the meaning of "peer-reviewed," yet 59% of them say they are able to determine whether a source is appropriate for an academic project. It turns out that when they're doing scholarly research, many students have trouble finding relevant sources simply because they don't know how to adapt their strategies to an academic context.

Last year, librarians led 213 customized library workshops. We helped classes learn to select a research topic, define a research question, navigate research databases, and locate, evaluate and cite sources. We introduced students to the wide variety of primary sources available in Special Collections, and we provided hands-on experience with data analysis and visualization tools. 26% of our workshops (55 workshops) supported first-year seminars. 74% (158 workshops) supported core courses, methods courses, senior theses, and more.

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with First-Year Seminars
with First-Year Seminars
WITH CORE, METHODS, THESIS AND MORE
WITH CORE, METHODS, THESIS AND MORE
total Workshops
total Workshops
At the Library

At the Library

Library workshops can help students learn how to research effectively and engage with sources critically in order to produce creative and informed scholarship. Our classes are designed in collaboration with faculty to support course objectives and specific assignments.

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General Advice

General Advice

Workshop Ideas

Workshop Ideas

Assignment Ideas

Assignment Ideas

Why do you have your students do research?

Dr. Shawna Shapiro, Middlebury College