What is Information Literacy?
Information literacy is a set of abilities that enables individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. American Library Association. 2006.)
The Value of Faculty/Librarian Partnerships
Recent studies have shown that college students rely on their professors for research guidance and are more likely to interact with librarians if faculty involve librarians in the classroom or recommend that students meet with librarians during the research process.
Information Literacy and the First Year Seminars
The primary goals of the First Year Seminar Program are to engage students in liberal arts learning and nurture the development of critical academic skills. By definition, information literacy is the foundation for lifelong learning. It is essential to all fields of knowledge, in all learning environments, and at all levels of education. It enables students to increase their mastery of content by improving their investigations and allowing for more self-directed learning.
Librarians can work with you to achieve information literacy goals whether or not your course includes a research component.