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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

Information Literacy 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.

Information Literacy 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, and we provide instruction formally and informally, to individuals and classes, in person and online, making every interaction a learning opportunity for users to become more information literate.

Information Literacy Plan


The program begins when freshmen arrive on campus and continues through all years of matriculation at the undergraduate level and also serves graduate-level students. This program builds a foundation for an Information Literate student and supports student learning through the application of skills in assigned course work. In fact, this provides a solid base to expand upon, such that they may conduct research in their own field. The plan addresses avenues of delivery for all population groups and includes assessment of the program for revision purposes, as well as to gauge how or if the community’s needs are being met. Components of the plan are aligned with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education set forth by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Section of the American Library Association.

The Information Literacy Program is designed in support of General Education Learning Objectives and Outcomes, specifically Objective 6 and 7.

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 Information Literacy Standards: Threshold Concepts