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Information Literacy


To help students become “wise information consumers” and lifelong learners by helping them develop abilities to effectively find, evaluate and apply information.

Information Literacy Goals

Jefferson-East Falls’s Information Literacy program includes six overarching goals for all students:

  1. When confronting information‐based problems, students will identify and clearly articulate their information needs in order to fill the information gap.
  2. Students will generate a continuously expanding knowledge base of information sources and resources, which are relevant to their information needs, including a variety of formats and delivery mechanisms.
  3. When solving information‐based problems, students will deliberately and critically evaluate and apply the most appropriate information, information sources, resources and information technologies to solve the problem.
  4. When solving information‐based problems, students will demonstrate ethical application of information and will use information sources, resources and information technologies in an ethical manner.
  5. Students will use appropriate information sources, resources and information technologies to effectively engage with global cultures.
  6. Students will exhibit the perseverance and self‐direction characteristics of lifelong learners, as supported by information literacy.
Information Literacy Learning Goals are appropriate for discussion at the University Level. Information Literacy Learning Outcomes are devised and stated at the Programmatic Level, contextually expressing of the spirit of these goals.

Information Literacy Description

Information literacy is embedded in the curricula and programs of each college. Students are exposed to information literacy concepts in the context of both their major and Hallmarks courses. Students learn how to use the information resources and technologies relevant to their lives as scholars on campus and as professionals in their fields. Throughout their undergraduate careers, students gain practical experience in the critical application of data and information to various information needs and problems.

The 21st-century workplace recognizes the value of information-literate employees. Today’s technology- and knowledge-driven economy demands highly skilled workers who are adaptable, resourceful, intrinsically motivated and able to learn. Through the University’s efforts to create information-literate graduates, students engage in the same process of information problem-solving that will continue for the rest of their lives.

Information Literacy at Jefferson is a collaborative, campus-wide effort involving classroom faculty, librarians, the University Writing Program, technology and computing support, and University administrators. Faculty, administrators and librarians work together to incorporate Information Literacy into programs, courses and assignments, and to assess Information Literacy Learning Outcomes. Librarians also support students, faculty and staff as they seek to become information-literate, lifelong learners. For additional information on Information Literacy at Jefferson, see libguides.philau.edu/il.