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