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What is Information Literacy?
Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:
- Determine the extent of information needed
- 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
taken from ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Information Literacy at CCAC
In 2006, CCAC adopted information literacy as one of its General Education Learning Goals to ensure that all students will be able to:
"Retrieve, analyze, synthesize, organize and evaluate information through technological and traditional means."
To this end, librarians will collaborate with faculty to incorporate information literacy into the classroom and assignments. Explore the "Library Instruction" tab to see how working with a librarian can enrich your students' research experiences.
Tips for an Effective Library Assignment
By creating an effective library-focused assignment, you can help your students develop their academic research skills and critical thinking abilities.
- Relate your assignment to some aspect of the course subject matter; make sure that it has a specific purpose. The classic scavenger hunts teach very little.
- Make your assignment clear and easy to understand.
- Use correct terminology. For example, many journal articles are web-based, and students are often confused if they are limited to a number of web resources.
- Check to make certain that the Library currently has the resources that your students need to complete the assignment.
- Make certain that your students know of the Library's resources. Schedule an instruction session or ask for a Course Guide.
Most importantly, contact us!
The i-CONNECT information literacy tutorial consists of five, self-paced steps that incorporate text and videos to explain components of information literacy.
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