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Information Literacy Instruction: Information Literacy Program

Auburn University Libraries' Information Literacy Program

Vision

Auburn University Libraries’ Information Literacy Program will help students to becominformation literate.  Information literacy is the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.

Mission

The Information Literacy program's mission is

  • to support the university's strategic plan by providing students with disciplinary information literacy instruction, as well as instilling within them strategies for finding, evaluating, and using information effectively in their everyday life.
  • to provide instruction in support of the university's general education student learning outcome for information literacy.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for the Information Literacy program align with the university's General Education student learning outcome for information literacy.   

SLO aStudents will locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.

SLO a sub-outcomes (modeled from the Framework of Information Literacy for Higher Education):

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

Image of  librarian and student having a conversation in RBD Library

Patricia Hartman - Biological Sciences, Forestry, Wildlife Sciences & Math librarian

Program's Core Values

  • Adherence to the Association of College & Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Integration of information literacy instruction at appropriate points throughout the disciplinary and first-year curriculum
  • Use of best practices in teaching, both in-person and online
  • Meaningful collaborations with disciplinary faculty and relevant units
  • Assessment of student learning