A site for faculty to learn what information literacy is, why it matters, and what they can do to help students become information literate.
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).
Finds information efficiently and effectively.
Evaluates credibility and utility of sources.
Understands affordances of various media for communicating
Understands the political, economic, and social conditions of information production and use.
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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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.