What is Information Literacy?
According to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), information literacy is a set of skills that enable individuals to recognize the need for information when it arises, to articulate the types and extent of information required to complete a specific task, and to efficiently discover, access, and evaluate sources of information and use them to solve real-world problems in a creative and ethical manner.
Information Literacy at St. Norbert College
In keeping with the Norbertine tradition of communio, St. Norbert College places a strong emphasis on educating the whole individual by cultivating their intellectual, spiritual, and personal development. In support of those goals, the Miriam B. and James Mulva Library maintains a strong commitment to high-quality information literacy instruction as an essential component of successful student learning. By helping students become more savvy and critically-minded users of information, the library aims to help students attain a high level of academic success and become well-informed and active participants in the local and global communities they inhabit.
Mission and Goals
St. Norbert College recognizes the need for students to develop the skills required to navigate an increasingly complex and dynamic information environment, characterized by the proliferation of new information formats and increasingly complex mechanisms for accessing and retrieving information. The library aims to help students acquire these skills through quality in-person instruction, the implementation of new instructional technologies and learning objects as well as close collaboration with faculty and disciplines across campus.
The primary objective of instruction is to help students achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Determine the nature and extent of information needed for a specific purpose.
- Discover and retrieve needed information in an efficient and effective manner.
- Critically evaluate different types of information based on a variety of criteria, including relevancy, authoritativeness, and currency.
- Effectively and creatively use information to solve problems, communicate new ideas, and become well-informed and engaged local and global citizens.
- Follow proper guidelines and ethical standards for engaging in scholarly communications.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of information in the modern digital era.