Library 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?

Information literacy, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”

ACRL Framework: Scribner Library Version

  1. Scholarship as a conversation Students will consider the history, current usage, and future of the scholarly record. They will explore methods for creating scholarly work while building upon existing scholarship, examine the importance of attribution, and the role of the internet in establishing new forms of communication and methods for dissemination. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the research and publication process, and their literature reviews and annotated bibliographies will encourage them to become active participants in the scholarly conversation. This in turn will nurture collaboration and establish their role in the continuum of academic scholarship.
  2. Searching as exploration and research as inquiry Students will engage with the research process by learning how to find material to support their own scholarship. A focus on exploration as a means to examine the breadth and depth of a topic, as well as the browse/search for serendipitous connections will give students practical tools and a new understanding of how their own research, and that of others, develops and contributes to a larger scholarly conversation.
  3. Authority is contextual and constructed Students will learn to evaluate information, identify bias, and consider the “filter bubble” through which their searches are interpreted. They will also learn to differentiate between primary and secondary sources and to distinguish between popular and scholarly publications.
  4. Format as a process Students will examine the ways that different information resources are intentionally developed in different formats to address both the creators’ process and the interrelationship with the targeted audience. As the world of new media expands and develops and Visual Literacy becomes more mainstream, students will not just question the initial format of information but consider the impact of format on interpretation.
  5. Information has value Students will consider the question of ownership, the recognition of copyright, and the thorny issue of monetary value, within the information environment. They will also address how to avoid plagiarism along with the ethical importance of correct citation. Furthermore, they will examine the significant benefits of Open Access, the potential harm of censorship, and the ways in which information can be shared or shut down.
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