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Information Literacy: Goals & Outcomes




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


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   


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


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


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


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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