Information Literacy programs have come a long way from the early days of tours of the library, instruction in the use of the card catalog, and 50-minute “one-shot” sessions that attempt to teach students everything there is to know about searching for, locating, evaluating, and using information effectively.
UCM’s Information Literacy Program is vastly different in many ways:
Faculty librarians collaborate with faculty to design assignments that are more effective in evaluating student learning than the traditional 20-page research paper.
Instruction can be developed for 24/7 access online.
Information literacy instruction is a thoughtfully planned learning activity.
Instruction is customized to the user’s way of finding, evaluating, and using information (e.g., the way a scientist locates and interacts with information is different from the way a historian interacts with information, etc.).
Faculty and students can meet with faculty librarians one-on-one or in small groups to learn how to locate and analyze information.
Faculty librarians’ curriculum map information discovery skills to programs to reduce repetitiveness and increase understanding of higher level critical thinking skills.