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Information Literacy

Mission Statement

The Ellender Memorial Library adheres to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as approved by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). ACRL defines Information Literacy as forming “the basis for lifelong learning [for it] … enables learners to master context and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.”

According to ACRL, an information literate individual is able to:

  • determine the extent of information needed
  • access the needed information effectively and efficiently, using a variety of print and electronic formats
  • evaluate information critically, especially when dealing with the World Wide Web
  • use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, such as writing a report, paper, or article
  • incorporate selected information into a knowledge base (lifelong learning)
  • understand the economic, legal, ethical and social issues surrounding the use of information, including the issues of plagiarism, falsification, and copyright infringement

Rationale

Students who are assigned projects requiring library research often lack basic library skills and/or are overwhelmed by the diversity of library resources, especially since the dawn of digital information technology. Ellender Memorial’s instruction program attempts to teach them Research Methodology, i.e., how to use both print and electronic information resources, which should also help them develop skills in lifelong Information Literacy. This requires an introduction to library resources and services, and an introduction into the principles and methodology of designing and interpreting effective searches in library databases and on the World Wide Web. Our overall objective is to support the university curriculum and participate in the academic communication process.

Goals and Objectives (Outcomes)

The Information Literacy Program attempts to meet the outcomes outlined on our Goals and Objectives page.

Methodology

Our primary modes of instruction are

  • general tours
  • web-based instructional tutorials
  • web-based subject guides, tailored to address specific courses and interests, to help navigate through resources
  • research instruction, in the form of scheduled classes and One on One Classes

These modes of instruction provide a step-by-step guide to the research process. They introduce students to the resources and search strategies most appropriate for their assignments and level of expertise.

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