Library Courses

Information Literacy Courses

Scribner Librarians offer two one credit information literacy courses:

Library courses are listed in the Interdisciplinary section of the College Catalog. A listing for LI 100 Electronic Information Resources appears in the Master Course Schedule under "Library".


What is Information Literacy?

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) defines Information Literacy as "the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information." According to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Information Literacy is a "subset of critical thinking skills which consists of individuals’ abilities to know when they have an information need." ACRL has defined five standards for Information Literacy:

Standard #1: Know
The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
The student must be able to identify these questions:

  • What is it you want to know?
  • What kind of information do you need?
  • How much information do you need?

Standard #2: Access
The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
The student must be able to identify these questions:

  • What is the best way to gather this information?
  • Am I using the best terms for this search?
  • Which search system or other resource will get me this information?

Standard #3: Evaluate
The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
The student must be able to identify these questions:

  • Is this a credible source of information?
  • Is there another interpretation or point of view?
  • How does this new information change what I know?

Standard #4: Use
The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
The student must be able to identify these questions:

  • What is the best method for presenting this information?
  • Will this image convey the message I want?
  • Are these quotes supportive of my ideas?

Standard #5: Ethical/Legal
The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
The student must be able to identify these questions:

  • Can I make a copy of this material?
  • What are the issues surrounding censorship?
  • Are there university policies about information gathering, use or reproduction and dissemination?

This information is based on ACRL's Information Literacy Step-by-Step Standards.