Information Literacy

Information Literacy

To advance AUBG mission for academic excellence, Panitza Library offers information literacy instruction to its community. This 21st century skill, which is no longer only an academia requirement, is offered to AUBG students of all majors.

Since 2016 Panitza Library has adopted the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. At its core, the Framework is “a cluster of interconnected core concepts, with flexible options for implementation, rather than a set of standards or learning outcomes, or any prescriptive enumeration of skills.” Final Booklet (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016)

What is information literacy?

In response to the new information environment and style of teaching and learning, ACRL has redefined information literacy to include and emphasize dynamism, flexibility, individual growth, and community learning:

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

Who is information literate?

The person who can:

  • determine the extent of information needed,
  • access it effectively and efficiently,
  • evaluate sources critically,
  • incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base,
  • use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, and 
  • understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.  
Types of Instruction offered at Panitza Library
  1. Orientation Training for Freshmen – an hour training, which is within the whole AUBG Freshmen Orientation Week. First-year students are given the ABC’s of the Library – its facilities, resources and services, policies and procedures, webpage, catalog, etc.
  2. In-class General Library Instruction – these classes are integrated within the ENG101, ENG102, and AUB100 classes. Through the means of one-shot sessions and online instruction, these trainings include a detailed instruction on the 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. Individual Trainings – for a more detailed training on information literacy AUBG community is provided with individual trainings as well. These sessions can be designed for general instruction or according to the topics related to patrons’ research needs.

To schedule an information literacy class, please email Krasimir Spasov or call him at 073 888 378.

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