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Belmont's Information Literacy program. Information for faculty.

"Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age"

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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?
  • 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 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 & Research Libraries, 2015)

"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 The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL 2015). The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions.

  1. Authority is constructed and contextual
  2. Information creation as a process
  3. Information has value
  4. Research as inquiry
  5. Scholarship as conversation
  6. Searching as strategic exploration

The Frames relate to 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

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