October Is Information Literacy Month – How Are YOUR Skills?

October 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on October Is Information Literacy Month – How Are YOUR Skills?
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image from the National Forum on Information Literacy

October is Information Literacy Month and Galvin Library wants to help YOU with your skills. From the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) web site “Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.”

ACRL has standards for learning competencies for information literacy, which include such skills as:

– defining and articulating the information need
– identifying various types of potential sources
– considering the costs of acquiring information (despite Google’s wonders, information really isn’t free; see our databases page for subscriptions we have)
– constructing and carrying out effectively-designed searches
– extracting, recording, and managing information and its sources (bibliographies and citation management, we can help with that)
– summarizing main ideas from information and synthesizing those main ideas into new concepts
– communicating research products or performances effectively to others
– understanding the ethical, legal and socio-economic issues surrounding information and following the laws, regulations, institutional policies, and best practices related to accessing and using information (copyright, downloading, plagiarism, digital divide and more)

Galvin Librarians are available to assist you on your information literacy quest. Why leave the university unsure of your skills in finding, summarizing and communicating ideas? Your future employer EXPECTS you to have these skills, so make an appointment, email us at RHO@iit.edu to discuss your project with a librarian and gain confidence in YOUR information literacy abilities.

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