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Information Literacy Program: Information Literacy at MCC

Program details for faculty

Why Information Literacy?

"Information literacy should be conceived as a new liberal art . . .as essential to the mental framework of the educated information-age citizen as the trivium of basic liberal arts (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) was to the educated person in medieval society."
   Shapiro & Hughes, 1996

MCC's General Education Goals

Information Literacy is one of the five MCC general education goals:

1. Critical Thinking: To identify, define, analyze, synthesize, interpret, and evaluate ideas.

2. Information Literacy: To locate, evaluate and use information resources effectively.

3. Effective Communication: To develop, articulate and convey meaning.

4. Ethical Awareness: To identify and make responsible choices in a diverse world.

5. Technological Literacy: To purposefully integrate technology toward an educational goal.

Information Literacy in the MCC Curriculum

The MCC Librarians provide Information Literacy instruction in:

  • MCC101 (introduction to a college-level library--basic access tools, LC call numbers, citation reading, navigating the library web page, etc.)
  • ENG151 (evaluation of information)
  • ENG152 (database selection and searching) 
  • Focused instruction in other courses geared to a specific research assignment or information need at instructor request
  • Key points in career/tech curricula to help develop information skills needed in the field
To schedule information literacy instruction sessions, contact the Reference Department at refdesk@mchenry.edu or 815-455-8762.  The best time for instruction from a librarian is when students have their topics and are ready to begin their research.
 

All students should be provided ample opportunity to apply and utilize information literacy skills during their course of study at MCC. Give research-based assignments and projects, and hold students accountable for these skills! The library faculty will be happy to work with classroom faculty interested in designing an information literacy assignment and further integrating information literacy into the curriculum.

What About Online Courses?

Online information literacy modules have been created for MCC 101, ENG 151 and ENG 152.  Please contact the Reference Librarians at refdesk@mchenry.edu for information about adding these modules to your online sections.  Instructors of other online courses should contact the Reference Librarians as well to discuss information literacy needs of your students.

The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education was filed on February 2, 2015 and adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Board, January 11, 2016  as one of the constellation of information literacy documents from the association.