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Information Literacy: Goals & Outcomes

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GCC Library Information Literacy Goals and Outcomes

In order to carry out our mission, the GCC Library has set the following goals and outcomes for its Information Literacy program.

Goal #1: Determine the extent of information needed

Outcome:

A: The student confers with instructors and participates in class discussions, peer workgroups, and electronic discussions to identify a research topic, or other information need.
B: The student also explores general information sources to increase familiarity with the topic. (ACRL 1a,c)

Goal #2: Access information effectively and efficiently   

Outcome:

A: The student selects appropriate resources for the research or information need.
B: The student identifies keywords, synonyms and related terms for the information needed.
C: The student also selects controlled vocabulary (subject headings) specific to the discipline or information retrieval source. (ACRL 1c & 2b,c)

Goal #3: Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base

Outcome:

A: The student examines and compares information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view of bias. (ACRL 2a)

Goal #4: Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose

Outcome:

A: The student organizes the content in a manner that supports the purposes and format of the product or performance (e.g. outlines, drafts, storyboards). (ACRL 1a)

Goal #5: Understand the economic, legal, ethical and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

Outcome:

A: The student demonstrates an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and does not represent work attributable to others as his/'her own.
B: The student also selects an appropriate documentation style and uses it consistently to cite sources. (ACRL 2f & 3a)

Adapted from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

 

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