PILGRIM LIBRARY LEARNING GOALS FOR STUDENTS
The four goals and specific outcomes listed below are proposed to enhance students’ understanding of the research process and are based on the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The Pilgrim Library works in collaboration with faculty across all divisions to help students develop the skills necessary to achieve these learning outcomes by the time they graduate from Defiance College.
Definition: Students will be able to strategically develop a plan for their information needs using library resources.
Rationale: In order to find the information they need, students must first be able to clearly define their information need and understand what resources are available to them.
2. GATHER AND ORGANIZE
Definition: Students will effectively search information resources, modify their search or topic when necessary, seek out sources from diverse perspectives, and record what they have found.
Rationale: In an era of information abundance, students need to be able to focus on the appropriate sources and target their search effectively in order to find the most relevant information. It is also important that they seek out diverse points of view in order to broaden their perspectives.
3. ANALYZE AND EVALUATE
Definition: Students will critically evaluate information sources for relevance, accuracy, quality, timeliness, authority, and context as well as appraising whether they have sufficient support for their argument.
Rationale: In order to develop an informed community, users of information must be able to critically evaluate what is presented to them.
4. USE INFORMATION ETHICALLY
Definition: Students will demonstrate ethical behavior through their use and creation of information.
Rationale: Cognizance of one’s ethical responsibility to others is critical to developing social responsibility. When students understand the impact of scholarly communications and see themselves as contributors to a larger conversation, they will better understand the responsibility that comes with participation in that conversation.
ACRL. (Feb. 2, 2015). Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework
Library instruction benefits you and your students. We aim to support your teaching efforts by working in partnership and reinforcing critical information fluency skills. We can make sure your students know how to research and use library resources. We also want to work with you to ensure that students know how to evaluate and use information effectively and ethically. The skills we focus on will not only help them succeed in your class, but throughout the rest of their college career and lives.