"Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information," (ACRL). Those skills are a required outcome of all Entry Year Experience courses.
USM librarians work with faculty to provide the instruction students need to succeed. Whether in-class or online, librarians provide the core research skills training that supports learning at every level. The Research Skills Toolbox above enables instructors and students to access a range of tools that can help with such instruction.
The Information Literacy Council seeks to provide counsel and guidance to USM Libraries in the exploration and development of effective techniques to increase information literacy throughout the curriculum. Information literacy is a required outcome of all general education at USM. The Council seeks to collaborate with all faculty members in designing and implementing instruction that will enhance student research skills.
The information literacy plan is provided below and serves as a working foundation for the program. Review and adjustment takes place annually.
Please check our minutes and our InfoSavvy blog to keep up-to-date on Council activities and advances in the field of information literacy.
The commonly taught skills include:
USM Libraries fully support the research and instructional needs of students in blended and fully online courses.