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What is Information Literacy?

Definition by American Library Association:

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."

NULS Information Literacy Plan

The Library's Information Literacy Plan is based on three levels or tiers:

Level 1: Library Orientation (General overview of Library services and resources; searching for articles and books)

Level 2: Introduction to Research by Discipline (Overview of discipline specific resources and search techniques)

Level 3: Advanced Research by Discipline (In-depth discussion of research needed for capstone project or thesis with emphasis on background resources for Chapter 1 and literature review strategies for Chapter 2)

Additionally, faculty may request a course-related instruction session based on student needs for a particular assignment. 

  • Library instruction is available face-to-face with classes in the San Diego area
  • Library instruction for online or regional classes is available on the Internet with Adobe Connect or Class Live Pro 

Please contact your Library Liaison to schedule.  Occasionally, liaisons have been "embedded " in online courses to participate in threaded discussions on the research process.

New Study on Libraries and Search Behavior

Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community 

From the report:

“Information consumers continue to begin information searches on search engines. 84% of information consumers began their searches on search engines. 3% begin on Wikipedia. Not a single U.S. respondent in 2010, including college students, began an information search on a library Web site, down from 1% in 2005."

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The Internet is good.  The Internet is our friend.  The Internet still does not always provide the level of scholarly/academic content we expect our students to know. [...substitute Google or Wikipedia for Internet]

Think about it...

  • How do we insure that our students have the skills needed to find and use scholarly/academic sources effectively? 
  • How do we build into our courses easy strategies that get students to the information they need quickly?
  • How do we show the value of scholarly/academic sources? 
  • How do we define "good enough" content selected by students using Internet sources?

New Report on Information Literacy

Project Information Literacy: Progress Report

From the report:

Our comparative analysis is revealing and informative, especially given the collective sample sizes of over 10,000 respondents surveyed from 31 U.S. colleges and universities. The results are very similar from one year to the next.

We summarize the findings as follows:

1.     The students in the 2010 sample used the same set of information resources for course-related research in the same order of frequency as did students in the 2009 sample. In other words, most students studied in either year’s sample relied on the same few sources of information and turned to the same sources first, second, third, and so forth to fulfill course-related research assignments.

2.     Notably, almost all students reported turning to course readings first—not to search engines such as Google, as assumed by some librarians and educators. In addition, students consulted Wikipedia to a lesser extent than they used instructors, scholarly research databases, search engines, and course readings when completing research for courses.

3.     Students in the 2010 sample and students in the 2009 sample exhibited the same preferences for information sources used in everyday life research—with only a few exceptions.

4.     In large part, almost all students we have studied turn to search engines—such as Google—and Wikipedia, and friends most often when looking for information for use in their daily lives.

5.     Students in the 2010 sample used social networking sites and friends more frequently than did the 2009 sample. Also, a third fewer students in this year’s sample (40%) used scholarly research databases for everyday life research than did students in last year’s sample (66%).

6.     Students relied on librarians infrequently, if ever, whether they were conducting research for course work or for personal use. Moreover, students in this year’s sample reported using librarians less often than they reported in the 2009 survey results.

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