Information Literacy

Information Literacy

What is information literacy?

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.” American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)   

Who is information literate?

The person who can:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.  ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education
Information literacy at Panitza Library

Teaching library users how to:

  • Become aware of information, as it exists in its different formats: print, electronic, etc.
  • Locate and use library materials
  • Evaluate the information they find
  • Search the library online catalog and databases
  • Select the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems
Types of Instruction offered at Panitza Library

1. Orientation training for freshmen – an hour training, which is within the framework of the whole Freshmen Orientation Week. First year students are given the ABC of the library - library’s facilities, resources and services, overall organization of the library, policies and procedures, library webpage, library catalog etc.

2. In-class training for students General Library instruction – These presentations are integrated within the ENG102 classes. The presentation includes a detailed instruction on the 7 steps of research: identifying and developing a topic, finding background information, finding books, periodicals articles (print and electronic) and internet resources, evaluation of sources and citation.

Discipline-specific Library instruction – These are presentations tailored to a specific class topic. They can include a very detailed instruction on using a discipline-specific database, information on the topic in other databases, a selection of reference materials on the topic, specifics in searching for information on the internet on the topic and others. They can also be tailored to a specific course assignment. 

3. Personal training for students and faculty. You are more than welcome to schedule individual training on all topics related to the library, its resources and the research process. Just contact the Information literacy librarian.

To schedule an instruction call the Information literacy librarian at 073 888 378 or write to libmail.

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