Are your students information literate?
Are you happy with the quality of your students research? Do they know the difference between popular and scholarly work? Do they
- have trouble selecting manageable topics and developing research questions?
- rely on Google for their research papers, using low-quality, unsubstantial websites as sources?
- not think critically about how they use information?
- copy and paste without citing their sources?
These are all symptoms of information illiteracy.
What is information literacy?
Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information (American Library Association, 1989)
"Information literate people are those who have learned how to learn." (ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy)
Belmont's Information Literacy Program is based on 5 standards from ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries). The information literate student:
- determines the nature and extent of the information needed
- accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently
- evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system
- uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally
The IL Standards align with the following university learning goals:
Goal 2: Develop sophisticated rhetorical skills, including:
a. Effective writing and speaking
b. Recognizing, evaluating and constructing written oral argument
c. Recognizing and evaluating visual and other forms of non-verbal communication
d. Effective use of technology
Goal 3: develop sophisticated critical thinking skills, including:
a. Quantitative reasoning
b. Critical reasoning and reflection
c. Engaging and solving complex problems
d. Understanding systems and relationships, including interdependencies and interconnections