Information Literacy Standards
Professional Association Sites Defining IL:
The information literate student:
- Determines the nature and extent of the information needed
- Accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base
- Uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- Understands the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
Information Literacy development across the Butler Curriculum
Butler University Libraries supports information literacy at various points throughout a student's undergraduate/graduate experience. Here are the key curriculum points that we try to reach:
- First-year seminar - students receive an introduction to information literacy concepts and skills through classroom library instruction session(s). Research is a concentration area for the first-year seminar class as denoted in the following documents:
- Discpline-specific instruction - Librarian liaisons work with their colleges/departments to target key mid-undergraduate classes (such as a research methods class) where discipline-specific information literacy can be incorporated. A reinforcement or fine-tuning discipline-specific information literacy session should ideally occur with a senior-level, capstone-type course.
Assignments incorporating Information Literacy
Why reinvent the wheel? Browse these information literacy handouts and sites for assignments that incorporate information literacy.
Butler-specific IL Assignments
First-Year Seminar Research Exercise - An example worksheet that accompanied a FYS library instruction session. This exercise is just one way to incorporate active learning into a library instruction session.
Butler's Plagiarism Tutorial - Access this link to view the tutorial. For instructions concerning how to incorporate the tutorial and accompanying assessment into Blackboard, go to: Plagiarism Tutorial Directions.
Contact your Butler Librarian College/Department Liaison for Information Literacy Instruction
Butler University librarians serve as library liaisons to the University's colleges and/or departments. Liaisons work with a college or department to:
- provide classroom library instruction
- oversee collection development for the discipline
- provide library services support.
Contact your liaison to schedule library instruction for your classes, request materials, and to ask about library services:
Thinking of the Research Paper in a New Light
2011-12 FYS IL Assessment
There are two information literacy/library instruction assessments that are part of the Butler First-Year Seminar program. They are: