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Information for Faculty: Information Literacy Program

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Information Literacy

Definition of Information Literacy

  • According to the American Library Association, "Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to 'recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.'"

General Education Goal

  • Information literacy is one of MCC's four general education goals
  • The goal states, "Students who graduate from MCC are information literate. They are able to do the following at a level appropriate for a two-year degree holder:
    • Access multiple sources to provide evidence
    • Ensure use of quality information and apply the information to accomplish an academic goal
    • Identify where information is coming from and acknowledge sources properly"

Integrated into the Curriculum

  • The MCC Library incorporates information literacy into three courses:
    • MCC 101:  An introduction to a college-level library, such as basic access tools, LC call numbers, citation reading, and navigating the library web page.
    • English 151:  Evaluation of information and using the SIFT Method
    • English 152: Database selection and searching
    • Other courses as needed to help students acquire certain skills or to complete certain assignments

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education from the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

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

The 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.