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LibGuides For Faculty: Information Literacy

LibGuides & Information Literacy

We decided to take a look at some of our LibGuides in the light of a few performance indicators taken from the ACRL Information Competency Standards.  The examples are shown below. 

 We are inclined to think that LibGuides are a great tool for building information literacy skills.  LibGuides can model efficient search behaviors and skills that students may later transfer to more complex information environments.

Standard I, Outcome 3, Performance Indicator C

 Information Literacy Performance Indicator:

 Identifies the value and differences of potential resources in a variety of formats (e.g., multimedia, database, website, data set, audio/visual, book)

Standard II, Outcome 2, Performance Indicators B,C,D

Information Literacy Performance Indicators: 

  •   Identifies keywords, synonyms and related terms for the information needed

  • Selects controlled vocabulary specific to the discipline or information retrieval source

  • Constructs a search strategy using appropriate commands for the information retrieval system selected (e.g., Boolean operators, truncation, and proximity for search engines; internal organizers such as indexes for books)

Standard I, Outcome 2, Performance Indicator E

Information Literacy Performance Indicator:

Differentiates between primary and secondary sources, recognizing how their use and importance vary with each discipline