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Information Literacy (L)

 

**Temporary L Requirement for Transfer and Returning Students**

Definition:

Information Literacy, as defined by the American Library Association, 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.”

 

Rationale:

Information Literacy entails developing the skills and abilities essential for adult learning, and it transcends disciplines, learning environments and levels of education. Courses should teach students about the general information available and specific information that is deemed appropriate to a particular discipline.  This information will help students develop basic and advanced technological skills to access information through the library resources and evaluate and apply that knowledge to research assignments.

 

Recommendations:

  • The criteria for an information literacy course may be embedded in courses meeting the general curriculum requirements.
  • Basic information literacy skills will be provided in the freshman year.
  • Advanced information literacy skills will be taught within an upper-division course, preferably in the major or in a writing course.
  • The criteria are flexible and skill oriented.

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