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First-Year Seminars: Resources for Instructors & Peer Advisors: Information Literacy Sessions

Information Literacy Defined

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Collaborating with Librarians

Working with librarians on information literacy sessions is a collaborative process. We can share examples of what information literacy sessions look like in other classes, but your class is unique, and the content of each session can be tailored to meet your course learning goals and research assignments. Often this first information literacy session is spent introducing students to library resources and services, and carving out time for hands-on research that supports exploring and evaluating information. 

Learning Goals for FYS Library Sessions

Information literacy sessions may introduce some of these foundational learning goals:

1. Students’ role as scholars in discourse communities inside and outside the university.

2. Developing search strategies and relevant keywords.  

3. Critical evaluation of information and the value and distinctness of information resources.

4. Ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding the production and use of information.

5. The role of citation and documentation.