Hackney Library’s Plan for Information Literacy: General Education Core is built on the Association of College and Research Libraries guidelines, which define an “information literate person” as one who can:
Our Information Literacy efforts also support Barton College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which includes the following “characteristics of effective writing”:
This same emphasis on quality student research and critical thinking, is found in Barton’s current Strategic Plan, which calls for, “…becoming more intentional about supporting student participation in scholarship activities,” and stresses the need to assess and improve critical thinking skills in students. Students must master all six of the ACRL’s Information Literacy Standards in order to conduct effective research, as defined in Barton’s QEP and Strategic Plan.
The library’s Plan for Information Literacy Instruction integrates the ACRL standards into the curriculum. All freshmen are introduced to search and retrieval skills (Standards 1 and 2), evaluation and analytical strategies (Standards 3, 4, and 5), and the concepts of intellectual property and attribution (Standard 6) through First Year Seminar and English 102. The plan also calls for helping students develop and sharpen these skills as they move into their majors.