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Information Literacy @ AUS

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What is information literacy?

AUS defines information literacy as:

"... the ability to recognise when information is needed, and then to locate, evaluate, and use this information effectively, both in students' university careers and beyond". 

Information Literacy is also known as “IL” or “Info. Lit.”.

IL Program at AUS

Mission Statement

The instructional mission of the AUS Library is to develop students’ information literacy competencies so that they can navigate the complex information landscape to improve their academic, professional, and lifelong education.

To fulfill this mission, the Information Literacy and instruction librarians will…

  • Help students achieve information literacy competencies as defined in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Standards for Information Literacy Competency for Higher Education and Characteristics of Best Practices in Information Literacy.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to integrate active learning elements, instructional design principles and critical pedagogy to accommodate the various learning styles and cultural uniqueness of the AUS student population.
  • Maintain a culture of assessment to improve teaching methods and uphold a responsive IL program.
  • Support the missions of AUS and the library and serve as an integral component of the General Education requirements.
  • Maintain effective regional relationships to enhance information literacy at AUS and in the broader community.

ACRL Standards

The AUS Library's Information Literacy Program defines 5 specific program outcomes correlating directly with the Association of College and Research Library's (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.   

The information literate student:

  1. Determines the nature and extent of the information needed
  2. Accesses needed information effectively and efficiently
  3. Evaluates information and its sources critically and incororates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system
  4. Individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific 
    purpose
  5. Understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally

 

Information Literacy Classes

Each semester, WRI 102, ENG 203, 204 and 207 faculty schedule a time for the students and the IL librarian to meet. Typically, classes are held in either of the two electronic classrooms near the library IC. To complement the experience, students may be asked to work with additional resources such as i-learn.

The library also offers library sessions for classes in addition to the traditional writing courses. If you have a research project for your class, consult the librarians. We will work with you to design and deliver a library class targeted to meet the needs of your students.

Information Literacy Assessment

The AUS Library uses a multipronged approach to assessment, in which various assessment techniques and methods are utilized prior to, during and following information literacy instruction. Assessment methods include, but are not limted to, the following methods:

  • Minute Paper
  • Pre-Class Quiz
  • Post-Class Quiz 
  • Rubrics

Assessment of AUS IL classes is essential, as it allows librarians to: 

  • Monitor effectiveness for accountability
  • Better identify instructional practices
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of instructional practices
  • Measure student achievement: How much they know
  • Evaluate students' mastery of skills: What they can do

Additional Instruction Sessions

The library also offers library sessions for classes in additional to the traditional writing courses. If you have a research project for your class, consult the librarians. We will work with you to design and deliver a library class targeted to meet the needs of your students.