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What is Information Literacy:
Information literacy encompasses a range of critical thinking skills, including:
- the discovery and evaluation of information,
- understanding how information is produced and valued,
- the ethical use of information in creating new knowledge.
Information literacy is discipline-specific. The information literacy skills a student needs to succeed in a performing arts course will be different from those in an environmental science course.
Information literacy is achieved over time. Students will not master it in a single course, but rather will build skills with practice and repetition and increasing challenges.
Information Literacy at Emerson
Faculty are encouraged to work with librarians to consider how information literacy fits into their programs, courses, and assignments. These questions* can aid faculty in this process:
- What are the specialized information skills in your discipline that students should develop, such as using primary sources (history) or accessing and managing large data sets (science)?
- What information and research assignments can students do outside of class to prepare them to apply concepts and succeed with their projects?
- In your program, how do students interact with, evaluate, produce, and share information?
- How might you and a librarian design learning experiences and assignments that will encourage students to assess their own attitudes, strengths/weaknesses, and knowledge gaps related to information?
Librarians are available to discuss information literacy assignments or design relevant workshops. ?In addition the library offers a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty interested in information literacy at Emerson.
More detailed definitions of information literacy:
(*Questions adapted from “For Faculty: How to Use the Framework” from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education .)