Bishop Library’s Information Literacy and Library Instruction program works collaboratively with faculty to help students develop the skills needed to find, locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information effectively, efficiently, and ethically.
Bishop Library encourages the development of information literacy skills by:
- Providing both formal and informal instruction;
- Collaborating with faculty to integrate information literacy into the curriculum;
- Utilizing reference question interactions as an opportunity to teach;
- Assessing our effectiveness, and constantly renewing and improving our techniques.
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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."
Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning, and is common to all disciplines, learning environments, and all levels of education.
An information literate individual is able to:
- Determine the extent of information needed;
- Access information effectively and efficiently;
- Evaluate information and its sources critically;
- Incorporate information into one’s knowledge base;
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose;
- Understand economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access/use information ethically/legally.
Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education. Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 2006. p. 42.
Instruction & Reference Librarian
Lebanon Valley College
Annville, PA 17003