Marshall University Libraries Information Literacy (IL) Plan

DEFINITION

According to the American Library Association (ALA), “To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989)

IL forms the basis of lifelong learning. Individuals have always needed the ability to locate and evaluate information. However, the uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information present unprecedented challenges to citizens in the 21st Century. Our students are confronted with diverse, abundant information choices of varying levels of quality.

For additional information and a list of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of the ALA) Information Literacy Standards go to http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.

GOALS

The overall goal of information literacy instruction is to aid our users in becoming information literate individuals who can articulate their information need, develop strategies to find that information, evaluate the information they found and use it in an effective, ethical manner.

Marshall University Libraries will:

  • Support information literacy through customized library instruction and other instruction types
  • Support information literacy initiatives through technologically based tools (for example online modules, research guides, YouTube videos, podcasts)
  • Communicate and collaborate with campus community
  • Continue to work with Center for Teaching Excellence to offer faculty programs related to information literacy initiatives
  • Support information literacy initiatives through partnership with the Writing Center
  • Advocate for information literacy through a campus-wide presence

ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be conducted in accordance with Online Learning & Libraries, Information Technology and University standards and guidelines.

Marshall University Libraries Information Literacy Rubric (Adapted from the Information Literacy Value Rubric; AAC & U)

Capstone Level (Exemplary) (senior)

Determines the Nature and Extent of the Information Needed
Accesses the Needed Information Effectively and Efficiently
Individually, or as a Member of a Group, Uses Information Effectively to Accomplish a Specific Purpose
Understands Many of the Economic, Legal, and Social Issues Surrounding the Use of Information and Accesses and Uses Information Ethically and Legally

Acceptable (sophomore and junior)

Determines the Nature and Extent of the Information Needed
Accesses the Needed Information Effectively and Efficiently
Individually, or as a Member of a Group, Uses Information Effectively to Accomplish a Specific Purpose
Understands Many of the Economic, Legal, and Social Issues Surrounding the Use of Information and Accesses and Uses Information Ethically and Legally

Emerging (freshman and sophomore)

Determines the Nature and Extent of the Information Needed
Accesses the Needed Information Effectively and Efficiently
Individually, or as a Member of a Group, Uses Information Effectively to Accomplish a Specific Purpose
Understands Many of the Economic, Legal, and Social Issues Surrounding the Use of Information and Accesses and Uses Information Ethically and Legally

Baseline (freshman)

Determines the Nature and Extent of the Information Needed
Accesses the Needed Information Effectively and Efficiently
Individually, or as a Member of a Group, Uses Information Effectively to Accomplish a Specific Purpose
Understands Many of the Economic, Legal, and Social Issues Surrounding the Use of Information and Accesses and Uses Information Ethically and Legally