The American Library Association broadly defines Information Literacy as 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." WASC has identified Information Literacy as a critical learning outcome and has included it among its five core competencies. The Leatherby Libraries view Information Literacy and effectively capturing assessment data as a partnership between Librarians and Faculty. The library’s Information Literacy assessment program exists to support faculty in the inclusion of Information Literacy learning outcomes in their programs and courses, the collection of assessment data, and the selection of the most appropriate assessment tool for their learning outcomes.
The library's Information Literacy Assessment Committee has established the following dates and milestones for 2018 and 2019.
In 2013 the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) revised the Handbook of Accreditation to include an expectation that each institution assess student learning and achievement in relation to five core competencies. The core competencies, intended to capture the broad spirit of liberal education, are:
WASC defines information literacy as “the ability to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use the needed information for a wide range of purposes” (WASC Handbook 2013, p 51). Undergraduate students today can access an amount and variety of information today that is unparalleled in human history. It is less clear if they know how best to access it, how to judge the relative quality of information from various sources, and fully understand when and how to bring evidence into a discussion. Information literacy, then, encompasses a variety of skills from making the judgment that more information is needed, to searching the academic literature and web for more information, and then documenting what information was used.
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship.
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