Library Instruction & Information Literacy: Mission

Library Instruction Program Mission, Goals, & Student Outcomes

Library Mission Statement:

The Sidney Silverman Library recognizes its integral role in support of the college's mission and curriculum. We will provide our diverse community of learners with information resources and dynamic services in a welcoming environment that promotes academic excellence and fosters lifelong learning.

Library Instruction Program Mission Statement:

The Library Instruction Program contributes to the mission of the College and the library through curriculum-integrated instruction in information literacy skills.  The Library Instruction Program provides instruction in person and online to cultivate skills in finding, evaluating, and using information in order to promote academic excellence and lifelong learning.

Library Instruction Program Goals:

  1. To introduce students to the Sidney Silverman Library and the scope of services and resources offered by the library. 
  2. To prepare students to employ critical thinking skills as they seek and use information.
  3. To educate students to recognize the need for information, to develop strategies for locating information in various formats, to evaluate information based on authority and other criteria, and to use information ethically and appropriately. 
  4. To foster collaboration between classroom faculty and library faculty.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. To recognize the need for information and to determine the extent of information needed.
  2. To locate appropriate information sources through well-designed search strategies.
  3. To evaluate information and sources through employment of critical thinking skills.
  4. To use information appropriately to achieve a specific purpose.
  5. To access and use information ethically and legally. 

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically:

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration
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