We live in what has been called the Information Age and navigate daily the so-called information highway. People face information overload from books, periodicals, journals, television, signs, radio and the Internet. The uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information present unprecedented challenges to citizens in the 21st Century. Our students are confronted with diverse and abundant information choices of varying levels of quality.
Recognizing this, the GCC Library offers expert research instruction across the disciplines. We aim to ensure that all Gateway Community College (GCC) students, staff, and faculty are accomplished information users – that they all have the skills and knowledge to expertly identify, find, and evaluate information. We see it as forming the basis of lifelong learning.
In this regard Gateway follows standards set by the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000) and employs the definition of lifelong learning set by the American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.):
“Information literacy 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.”