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Library Instruction and Information Literacy

Our purpose

Vision: Auburn University Libraries’ Information Literacy Instruction Program will help students to become information literate, which we define as the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibly.

Mission: To provide both face-to-face and virtual information literacy instruction to help students become information literate 

Core Values:

  • Adherence to the Association of College & Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Sequencing information literacy instruction at appropriate points and levels throughout the curriculum
  • Using best practices in teaching and hands-on learning
  • Developing collaborative relationships with other faculty on campus
  • Assessing student learning of information literacy

Our learning outcomes

Our learning outcomes align with the university's General Education student learning outcome for information literacy.   These are:

Overarching outcome

                   Students will locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibly.

Sub-outcomes (modeled from the Framework of Information Literacy for Higher Education)

  • Students will (a) identify relevant sources for specific information needs and (b) use appropriate search tools and search strategies to access the needed information.
  • Students will (a) recognize research and inquiry as iterative processes and (b) recognize the contributions of scholarly communication and other information sharing networks to the creation of new knowledge
  • Students will (a) apply their knowledge of the capabilities and constraints of information developed through various creation processes when assessing the alignment of information products and information needs and (b) apply knowledge of the constructed and contextual nature of authority when evaluating the credibility of claims
  • Students will (a) recognize that information possesses value and that legal, social, and economic factors influence information production, dissemination, and access and (b) deploy this understanding to make informed and ethical decisions about how they access and use information.
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