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).
The Subject Librarians in partnership with each other and with program faculty in the College and Schools will identify formal sets of goals and learning objectives for University of Redlands students in the general education core curriculum and in specific graduate and undergraduate programs. Some preliminary objectives identified by library faculty include:
1. Students will feel at home in the library, comfortable asking for help from library employees (students, staff, librarians), and learn some basic information skills early in their college career.
2. Library faculty will work with department and program faculty to integrate information literacy and library research instruction, building critical habits of mind.
3. Library faculty will make use ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015) to develop learning outcomes that fit specific disciplines, programs, and courses.
4. Library faculty will collaborate to develop in students an understanding of the information cultures of their disciplines, and knowledge of the ways in which professional practitioners and scholars within those fields communicate.
5. Librarians will challenge students to critically evaluate production and circulation of information, to value evidence-based reasoning, and to engage in ethical inquiry.
6. Library faculty will collaborate with other programs (Writing Across the Curriculum, Speech, Academic Computing) in order to build students' communication skills using a variety of modes of communication.
The overall goal of the First Year Seminar Information Literacy sessions is to introduce students to fundamental library resources and services, and develop students' critical inquiry in the context of our culture of information. Students will need to form critical habits of mind in relation to information consumption, production, and dissemination and learn about the vast universe of academic and non-academic resources available to them in our library, other libraries, and elsewhere.