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Instructional Information Literacy

 

"Information literacy, which encompasses information fluency and information technology mastery, is critical to success in higher education and lifelong learning. Rapid and continual changes in technology and the proliferation of information resources present students with an abundance of information through a variety of vetted and unvetted formats.

This wide variety of choices raises questions about the reliability, authenticity, and validity of content and poses challenges for students trying to evaluate, understand, and apply the information." 

From the National Council for Learning Resources web site.

 

Anecdotal Evidence

  • Library research is one of the top academic fears of college students and library instruction can reduce the anxiety. 
  • Evaluating the quality of the sources they find is frequently a new concept to college students. Library instruction can show them how to use critical thinking skills to evaluate their sources.
  • Literature shows that students require more library instruction than ever before to help them make the best use of their time and find the information they need.
  • When students use better quality sources, the quality of their papers improve. Some students have reported higher grades on their papers after library instruction made them familiar with library resources and how to best use them.
  • Once they've been in the library and interacted with a librarian, they feel more comfortable asking for help when they need it.