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Information Literacy Program

Outlines the plan, delivery and assessment for Information Literacy (IL) at SFU.

Mission & Vision

IL Mission:

Saint Francis University Library’s Information Literacy Program is a dynamic community resource, providing instruction that encourages effective research and scholarly communication. Successful implementation of information literacy skills is achieved through the integration of instruction across the curriculum in collaboration with schools and departments.

IL Vision:

Teach skills and concepts that enable community members to pursue knowledge in their academic, professional and personal lives.  A variety of avenues are used to reach our patron populations providing instruction formally and informally, to individuals and classes, in person and online, making every interaction a learning opportunity for users to become information literate.

An information literate person, as defined by the American Library Association, can define  his/her information needs, then locate using a variety of avenues, evaluate, and use all available information resources effectively and ethically.

What is Information Literacy?

 An information literate individual is able to:

  • 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

Source: Association of College & Reserach Libraries

Plan Description

Our program begins when freshmen arrive on campus and continues through all years of matriculation at the undergraduate level and addresses graduate level students. All avenues of possible contact are utilized in outreach to the various commmunity populations.

Since this program builds the foundation for an Information Literate student we know that it does not complete the cycle of what students will learn through application of skills in assigned course work throughout their matriculation. In fact this provides a solid base with which to expand and explore effectively conducting research in the literature of a specific field, their own original research.

Our plan addresses avenues of delivery for all population groups and includes assessment of the program for revision purposes, as well as, to gage how or if the community’s needs are being meet.

Components of the plan are aligned with the Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education set forth by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Section of the American Library Association.

The IL Program is designed in support of General Education Learning Objectives and Outcomes, specifically Objectives 4, 6 & 7.


Objective 4:  Develop the skills necessary for effective communication in a variety of formal and informal contexts.

   Outcome 4a: Apply a wide range of interpretive skills and communication efforts, distinguishing relevant from irrelevant information.

   Outcome 4b: Adapt one’s communication style and use of media to diverse audiences and purposes through varied syntax and appropriate    grammar,    punctuation, tone, and word choice.

   Outcome 4c: State, develop, and support a clear thesis.


Objective 6: Develop critical reasoning skills and abilities.

   Outcome 6a: Identify and analyze the key components of various types of information.

   Outcome 6b: Accurately and ethically synthesize various types of information and points of view in the creation and presentation of an    argument or product    within disciplines.

   Outcome 6c: Critically evaluate information, creative endeavors, and their sources using discipline-related standards, leading to the application    of sound    theories or conclusions to relevant problems/situations.


Objective 7:  Effectively conduct research using discipline-appropriate materials and methods.

   Outcome 7a: Determine the nature and extent of the information needed to accomplish a specific purpose.

   Outcome 7b: Employ appropriate investigative methods to legally access and obtain needed information, using a variety of potential sources

Framework for Infomraiton Literacy Standards: Threshold Concepts

Program Research Guides