Information Literacy at Saint Mary's College
Overall Learning Outcomes
The librarians are committed to their shared role with faculty of preparing all SMC students to effectively access, search for, use, and critically evaluate digital and print library and Worldwide Web information resources.
The following learning goals and terminal outcomes are designed to provide guidance for the development of library research/information literacy programs and sessions integrated into the curriculum, though collaboration with faculty and explicitly define and clarify skills, attitudes, and cognitive abilities needed for effective use of library and electronic resources by students at the Basic and at the Secondary level based on ACRL Information literacy guidelines.
Basic level learning outcomes and objectives, addressed at freshmen-sophomores, are generic in nature and can be applied across disciplines. The ACRL guidelines that these are based on are indicated.
Secondary level learning outcomes and objectives primarily focus on preparing upper-division and graduate students to gain an understanding of and experience using and evaluating the information retrieval tools and primary and secondary sources of knowledge relevant to a discipline or field of study. The ACRL guidelines that these skills are based on are also indicated.
These goals and objectives are librarian consensus statements about desired outcomes and are periodically shared with departmental faculty for their review and input.
I. Orientation to Library and Electronic Information Resources
Basic Outcome The student is acquainted with SMC Library and has a basic understanding of the physical arrangement of materials, library services, and facilities. [ACRL 1, 2, & 5]
II. Identifying, Locating, and Evaluating Sources of Information
Basic Outcome The student knows how to select and use appropriate information retrieval tools to identify and locate sources of information. [ACRL 1. 2] The student understands the importance of and knows basic strategies for evaluating citations, records, and full-text information. [ACRL 3] Secondary Outcome The student understands how to select and use access/finding tools important to research in his/her field of study, and to identify and locate sources of information in the Library and elsewhere. [ACRL 2] The student understands the importance of evaluating information and has developed strategies for evaluating citations, records, full-text sources and information obtained on the Internet or elsewhere. [ACRL 3]
III. Developing and Using Search Strategy
Basic Outcome The student can formulate a search strategy for a term paper that includes exploring a topic, formulating a research question, identifying search terms and selecting and using appropriate finding tools to identify needed information.Secondary Outcome The student can formulate a search strategy for a term paper, senior thesis, master's thesis, project, or dissertation that includes gaining a theoretical background, formulating a research question/statement, determining useful search terms, and identifying appropriate and useful sources of information.
IV. Understanding the Characteristics and Structure of Scholarly and Research Literature
Secondary Outcome The student engaged in an original research or experimentation adheres to laws, regulations, institutional policies and etiquette related to the access and use of information resources [ACRL Standard 5.2]
V. Ethical and economic and social aspects of information: [ACRL 5]
Basic Outcome The student understands the ethical legal and socio-economic issues surrounding information and information technology [ACRL 5.1] The student understands and adheres to laws, regulations, institutional policies and etiquette related to the access and use of information resources [ACRL 5.2] The student acknowledges the use of information sources in a written paper, project, or performance [ACRL 5.3]. Secondary Outcome The student is familiar with how scholarly/professional knowledge in his/her field is communicated and documented through published and unpublished sources. [ACRL 1, 2, & 5]
VI. Effective use of information [ACRL 4]
Secondary Outcome The student builds on their discipline knowledge and prior research experience to formulate research strategies and to complete research projects within their discipline. [ACRL 4]
Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (long version [pdf document])