Information Literacy Competency Standards

The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), January 18, 2000, will be applied to the instruction sessions. At the minimum, the following standards, adapted for Moore Library from the ACRL standards, will be applied to each instruction session.

Standard One: The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

  • OBJECTIVE A: Students will identify a variety of types and formats of potential sources of information.

Standard Two: The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.

  • OBJECTIVE A: Students will recognize controlled vocabularies.
  • OBJECTIVE B: Students will illustrate search statements that incorporate appropriate keywords and synonyms, controlled vocabularies (when appropriate), Boolean operators, nesting of terms, and truncation, refining the search statement when necessary.
  • OBJECTIVE C: Students will determine the most appropriate resources for accessing needed information.

Standard Three: The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.

  • OBJECTIVE A: Students will judge the value of a resource by noting its reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view or bias.

Standard Four: The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

  • OBJECTIVE A: Students will assemble the information gathered and create a product.

Standard Five: The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

  • OBJECTIVE A: Students will appropriately cite their sources.