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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.


Each year the reference librarians assess student performance on selected information literacy objectives. If you wish to assess information literacy objectives in your department/course as part of the General Education Outcomes Assessment, the resources below may give you some ideas.  The librarians are also available to discuss information literacy assessment and assignments with you.

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 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 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.

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