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Information Literacy Objectives and Learning Outcomes

"Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:

Determine the extent of information needed; Access the needed information effectively and efficiently;Evaluate information and its sources critically; Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base; Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally"

Association of College and Research Libraries. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Retrieved February 20, 2007, from http://www.ala.org/acrl/acrlstandards/informationliteracycompetency.htm

1. Objective: Define the nature and extent of the information needed
Learning Outcomes:

a. Students are able to understand the nature and extent of the information need
b. Students are able to identify major and related concepts of their information need.
c. Students are able to use the Library of Congress Subject Headings list (LCSH) to find the appropriate subject heading for subject searching in the online catalog.
d. Students are able to locate general information sources to increase familiarity with topic.
e. Students are able to develop a general thesis statement for their topic and to refine that topic to a manageable focus, if needed.

2. Objective: Identify types of information resources available
Learning Outcomes:

a. Students are able to identify the various types of resources in various formats.
b. Students are able to identify which finding aid to use to locate the various types of information resources.
c. Students are able to identify the purpose and audience of possible resources (such as scholarly vs. popular).
d. Students are able to distinguish between primary and secondary sources and how each would be used in a discipline.

3. Objective: Locate or access information resources on topic
Learning Outcomes:

a. Students are able to select which finding aid would be appropriate for locating particular types of resources.
b. Students are able to construct an effective search strategy appropriate to each information locator used.
c. Student is able to find information locator and implement the search strategy.
d. Student is able to determine if the resources found are available/accessible in the Carson-Newman Library collection.
e. Student is able to locate the resources found in the library or through the library’s electronic resources.
f. Student is able to make a preliminary evaluation of the information resources found to ascertain their appropriateness to the information need.
g. Student is able to record all pertinent information needed on the resources found for future reference.
h. Student is aware of resource sharing/Interlibrary Loan for materials that would be helpful but are not available in the Carson-Newman University Library.

4. Objective: Evaluate information resources found
Learning Outcome:

a. Student is able to determine reliability, accuracy, validity, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias of information found.
b. Student is able to judge usefulness or appropriateness of information found.
c. Student is able to summarize or compare and contrast main ideas found in information resources.
d. Student is able to examine and process information to determine if adequate for information need.

5. Objective: Use the information found ethically to satisfy the information need
Learning Outcomes:

a. Student is aware of the legal and ethical use of information resources.
b. Student knows what bibliographic information is needed to cite a source.
c. Student is able to find documentation guidelines for various documentation styles.
d. Student is able to convert bibliographic information into style format for a particular discipline.
e. Student is able to synthesize the information in the resources found and express the information in their own words for the project required.