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Information Literacy 

Information literacy allows you to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information.

What is the definition of information literacy?

As of January 11, 2016, the official definition of Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

Information Literacy Threshold Concepts:   

  • Authority is constructed and contextual
  • Information Creation as a process
  • Information has value 
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration 

"Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education", American Library Association, January 11, 2016. http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

Holy Spirit Library Initiatives

Lab Session
Librarians typically teach IL through course-integrated instruction. After consultation with a faculty member, a librarian designs a fifty minute session that meets the specific needs of the students in the course.

The sessions are generally delivered in our information literacy lab, where students have the opportunity to experience hands-on searching.

Please submit your session request a minimum of TEN DAYS PRIOR to the desired session date.

Class Librarian
In this model, a librarian’s contact information is included on the course syllabus. Faculty may invite the Librarian to conduct a lab session and/or to meet the students in the regular classroom.

Students generally are required to make a research appointment with the Librarian prior to completing parts or all of a research assignment.

Library Practicum
With the Library Practicum, a faculty member contacts a librarian for an information ltieracy session. To fulfill a semester long research project, the faculty member requires that students complete a research worksheet as they go through the research process.

On the research worksheet, students note the date, their workgroup members, and the topic researched. Students are also required to get a reference librarian’s signature on the worksheet. The purpose of the worksheet is to keep the students on track as they progress through the research project.

On-site Session
Librarians conduct information literacy outreach to off-campus program students through site visits. At the request of the faculty, Librarians conduct live or canned demonstrations about our resources and services.

Foundational Documents

Information Literacy at Cabrini University entails 21st-Century Literacy standards in which students graduate with these competencies:

  • use and integrate Internet and web technologies with software applications to evaluate information and solve problems 
  • apply and evaluate appropriate information and search strategies using internet-based technologies
  • demonstrate knowledge of the social, ethical, security, and legal issues associated with the use of internet-based digital information and technologies 
  • enhance their ability to communicate orally and electronically to peers and the general internet community 

Cabrini University Librarians recognize the Boyer Commission Report, Reinventing Undergraduate Education, which states that IL skills are best learned in situations where students are actively engaged in research or creative exploration to find answers.  Courses that employ assignments in which problem solving and inquiry are a focus require IL skills.



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