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Info for Faculty: Information Literacy

The Info for Faculty page is designed to help connect PLNU full-time and adjunct faculty members with the resources, contact information, and other materials they need most frequently from the library.

What Is Information Literacy?

"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning."

Assoc. of College & Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education


Information Literacy Framework

Six core concepts define the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education: 

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

What can the Library do for me?

--Provide research instruction tailored to your class and designed to support your learning outcomes.
--Collaborate with you on assignment design to maximize your students' information literacy development.
--Create customized LibGuides on particular topics or for specific courses.
--Teach students ethical information use, including citation practices and avoidance of plagiarism pitfalls.

Want to know more? Take a look at our Research Instruction tab above.

Why Is Information Literacy Important?

What does WASC say about Information Literacy?

"2.2a. Baccalaureate programs engage students in an integrated course of study of sufficient breadth and depth to prepare them for work, citizenship, and a fulfilling life. These programs also ensure the development of core learning abilities and competencies including, but not limited to, college-level written and oral communication, college-level quantitative skills, information literacy, and the habit of critical analysis of data and argument. In addition, baccalaureate programs actively foster an understanding of diversity, civic responsibility, the ability to work with others, and the capability to engage in lifelong learning..."

       -- from WASC Handbook of Accreditation P. 14, Section 2.2a

What do other experts say about Information Literacy?

"Within today's information society, the most important learning outcome for all students is their being able to function as independent lifelong learners. The essential enabler to reaching that goal is information literacy."

 --Breivik, P. (2000). Information Literacy and Lifelong learning: The Magical Pertnership. International Lifelong Learning Conference, Central Queensland University.

Why Should I Care about Information Literacy?

"Perhaps the most important thing about information literacy from the faculty perspective is that it makes for a better student. As a matter of fact, most faculty probably ASSUME students are information literate when they design their research assignments. Surely, this is nothing more than one would EXPECT a college student researcher to do, isn't it? But, ARE they doing it?" (Gail Gradowski, Santa Clara University, 2010).

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