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Information Literacy Program

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

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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.

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 community 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 the 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 the assessment of the program for revision purposes, as well as, to gage how or if the community’s needs are being met.

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 6b & 7b.

GOAL 6: Develop critical and creative skills, abilities, and reasoning. 

  • Objective 6a: Analyze evidence, statements, and alternative interpretations and use these to synthesize multiple points of view in the creation of an argument.  
  • Objective 6b: Critically evaluate sources and source information using discipline-related standards in order to distinguish relevant from irrelevant information.  
  • Objective 6c: Demonstrate an understanding of at least one form of artistic expression. 

GOAL 7: Conduct research using discipline-appropriate materials and methods. 

  • Objective 7a: Articulate specific research questions.  
  • Objective 7b: Identify and access information necessary to answer research questions. 
  • Objective 7c: Communicate research results in an effective and ethical manner. 

Framework for Infomraiton Literacy Standards: Threshold Concepts