Most students consider themselves expert researchers, yet many find they are underprepared for academic research. Searching Google and Wikipedia is simply not enough. We want students to not only succeed but thrive in college. Information Literacy instruction helps students to:
Information Literacy, the foundation of life-long learning, is transformative. Students tell us they get better grades and it takes them less time to do their assignments. Faculty report improved research assignments and they often tell us they can tell which students received library instruction as opposed to those who did not.
Our mission is to educate information literate lifelong learners. We work towards this mission by providing instruction and by collaborating with colleagues across campus. We embrace the national Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and that document's definition of information literacy: “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.”
We believe information literacy is an integral part of the academic experience in and out of the classroom, and we affirm its inclusion in the University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes.
We believe information literacy should be practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance.
We believe course-integrated instruction connected with a real academic need is more effective than stand-alone information literacy courses or disconnected tours and library orientations.
(Adapted from Vogel Library's (Wartburg College) information literacy mission statement.)