Information Literacy

Our mission is to promote the exploration of knowledge and to graduate information literate students who are equipped for lifelong learning in the 21st Century.

Information Literacy @ UWF

Information literacy has been identified as an important component across UWF's Academic Learning Compacts, especially in the Critical Thinking and Academic Integrity Domains. Resources for incorporating and assessing information literacy in each of the academic domains can be found here, on the CUTLA website. Information literacy is taught by librarians and faculty throughout the university, helping students develop core skills and gain in-depth knowledge of resources in their disciplines.

What is Information Literacy?

In the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education, an information literate individual is defined as someone who is able to:

  • determine the extent of information needed;
  • access the needed information effectively and efficiently;
  • evaluate information and its sources critically;
  • incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base;
  • use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; and,
  • understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.

For further information on our Library Instruction & Information Literacy Program and to view assessment results, visit our program guide.

Goals of the Program

  • Effectively teach library and information literacy skills to students and assess student learning.
  • Collaborate with faculty and departments to integrate information literacy objectives into their courses and assignments.
  • Increase awareness of information literacy at the University through outreach.
  • Develop and enhance resources that support and teach information literacy skills, including online tutorials and guides.

What we do & How we do it
Subject specialist librarians work closely with faculty, students, and the UWF Community to teach information literacy skills. We support information literacy in a variety of ways, including:

  • Providing library and information literacy instruction sessions to classes and other groups;
  • Collaborating with faculty and departments to integrate information literacy objectives into their courses and assignments;
  • Providing one-on-one instruction to students and faculty via reference desk interactions, research consultations, and virtual means.
  • Creating materials that support information literacy, such as online, self-paced tutorials; online research guides; and printed research aids.
  • Assessing student learning outcomes for information literacy skills and engaging in a cycle of continuous improvement.

How faculty can support information literacy

  • Schedule a library instruction session when students are at the point-of-need, e.g. after receiving a research assignment.
  • Work with a subject specialist librarian to tailor the session to the needs of the class.
  • Collaborate with a subject specialist librarian to incorporate information literacy elements into assignments and activities.
  • Encourage students to request additional assistance at the Reference Desk, via online chat or email, or by making an appointment with a subject specialist librarian.
  • Assign one of the library's online tutorials for a class or direct/link students to the research guide in your discipline.

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