Learning Goals for the Libraries

1. Know: Students will be able to determine the nature and extent of the information needed to analyze a given topic, produce an academic paper or other work, or create a performance. The student must be able to effectively address these questions:

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

2. Access: Students will be able to access needed information effectively and efficiently, using resources and strategies appropriate to their need and discipline. The student must be able to effectively address 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 help me retrieve this information?

3. Evaluate: Students will be able to evaluate information and its sources critically and analytically, and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system. The student must be able to effectively address 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?

4. Use: Students, as individuals or as members of a group, will be able to use information effectively to create a specific academic paper, performance, or other work. The student must be able to effectively address these questions:

  • Do I integrate new and prior information into my academic paper, performance, or other work?
  • Am I able to reflect on my research/development process to incorporate alternate strategies?
  • Do I present my academic paper, performance or other work in an appropriate manner?

5. Ethical/Legal: Students will be able to articulate the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally. The student must be able to effectively address these questions:

  • Do I follow established intellectual property laws and policies?
  • Are there university policies about information gathering, use or reproduction and dissemination?
  • Do I appropriately cite materials I use in my work, and follow a citation style appropriate for my discipline?

(Adapted from Lucy Scribner Library, Skidmore College http://lib.skidmore.edu/library/index.php/information-literacy-courses)