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Information Literacy: Information Literacy at Holy Spirit Library

Mission Statement

Information literacy at Cabrini University equips students with the knowledge and dispositions to acquire, evaluate, use, and produce information critically, strategically, and ethically. Information literacy at Holy Spirit Library prepares students for academic success and supports them in becoming engaged citizens of the world, professional leaders, and lifelong learners. 

Information Literacy at Cabrini University

Information Literacy is a Cabrini University 21st-Century Literacy in which students graduate with these competencies:

  • use and integrate Internet and web technologies with software applications to evaluate information and solve problems 
  • apply and evaluate appropriate information and search strategies using internet-based technologies
  • demonstrate knowledge of the social, ethical, security, and legal issues associated with the use of internet-based digital information and technologies 
  • enhance their ability to communicate orally and electronically to peers and the general internet community 

Cabrini University Librarians recognize the Boyer Commission Report, Reinventing Undergraduate Education, which states that IL skills are best learned in situations where students are actively engaged in research or creative exploration to find answers.  Courses that employ assignments in which problem solving and inquiry are a focus require IL skills.

Defining Information Literacy

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

          FINDING -- EVALUATING -- USING -- CREATING -- SHARING -- INFORMATION

      Information Literacy Threshold Concepts:   

  • Authority is constructed and contextual
  • Information Creation as a process
  • Information has value 
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration 

"Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education", American Library Association, February 9, 2015. http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

Information Literacy Iniatives

Librarians collaborate with faculty to create assignment-specific, point-of-need IL sessions and use technology to teach IL sessions.  Often held in the Library’s ground floor IL lab, sessions engage students in using a variety of print and electronic information sources.