The College of New Rochelle
Mother Irene Gill Memorial Library

 

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Introduction
 

     Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information.  It is the knowledge of commonly used research techniques. 

 

     It is critically important to be information literate because we are surrounded by an insurmountable amount of information in all formats.  Not all information is created equal: some is reliable but most is biased, out of date, misleading or even false.  The amount of information available is going to increase along with the technology used to access and manipulate it.

 

     Information Literacy skills are not only used in the academic settings.  They’re used every day in work environments as an employee finding, evaluating and presenting job-related information; as a consumer making decisions about which car or product to purchase; and a citizen participating fully in society understanding issues and voting.

 

    The Gill Library faculty at The College of New Rochelle is committed to promoting these skills most especially through workshops, course-specific library instruction and Hands-On-Help sessions.   We hope that the information below is helpful and encourage our students, faculty and staff to contact us if they have any questions about the services and resources we use to promote Information literacy.

 

 

Selected Internet Resources

 

A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 

ALA ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

ACRL's  (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Information Literacy Advisory Committee Gateway to resources on information literacy. 
These resources will help you understand and apply the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to enhance teaching, learning, and research in the higher education community.

 

National Forum on Information Literacy

S.O.S. for Information Literacy

Alternative Research Assignments San Diego State University

Common Pitfalls and Tips for Effective Research Assignments San Diego State University

Keys to Designing Effective Assignments
  Lone Star College North Harris Library

Information Literacy Assignments - Sample Assignments The Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk Library

Seven Steps of the Research Process Cornell University

Types of Assignments The Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk Library
From "Creating a Library Assignment Workshop for University Faculty" by Pixey Anne Mosley. Journal of Academic Librarianship January 1998 pp.35-37  The Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk Library

      Ideas for Library/Research Assignments The Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk Library

Information Literacy Faculty Workshop Materials Santa Clara University

Information Literacy Brochure PDF Document Dalhousie University