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GCC Library Information Literacy: What is Information Literacy?


Image result for information literacyGCC Library Information Literacy Mission Statement

The mission of the GCC Library Information Literacy program is to support teaching and learning for students of all types in all courses. We seek to ensure that all our students are fully competent in the skills they need to access, evaluate and use the masses of information available in the 21st century world of knowledge and data. We support their learning in the College but, importantly, see our role as empowering them to become life-long learners – people able to use the skills they learn in the College to carry on learning and adapting to the changing workplace they will encounter when they leave the College. Through aligning skills necessary for success with our four year partner institutions, GCC Library IL program also supports a meaningful and seamless transition to these institutions. We do this through programmatic incremental and planned information literacy instruction that is regularly evaluated, uses traditional and electronic formats and that is supported by helpful and friendly informal teaching at all times. Key to success here is collaborating with teaching and administrative colleagues across the College that facilitates effective and coherent teaching.

TAP Goal & Outcomes

GCC Library IL Assessments are based on the learning goals, objectives and outcomes of the Continuing Learning/Information Literacy competency adopted by CSCU Board of Regent's Transfer and Articulation Policy (TAP) as well as the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education established by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

TAP Goal: Students will be able to use traditional and digital technology to access, evaluate, and apply information to the needs or questions confronting them throughout their academic, professional, and personal lives.

Outcome #1:
Demonstrate competency in using current, relevant technologies to solve problems, complete projects, and make informed decisions.

Outcome #2:
Access, navigate, identify and evaluate information that is appropriate for their need(s) and audience(s).

Outcome #3:
Synthesize information to broaden knowledge and experiences and produce both independent and collaborative work.

Outcome #4:
Evaluate the economic, legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding the access and use of information and relevant technologies.

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