Information Literacy at Rivier University

Regina Library Information Literacy Mission Statement

The goal of Regina Library's instruction program is to support the University's curriculum and uphold Information Literacy standards by introducing students to library services and collections and by teaching information-seeking skills according to the guidelines set by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Librarians will work collaboratively with faculty to meet the goals of information literacy by assisting in the development of research assignments and in the assessment of information seeking skills. By meeting these goals, librarians will contribute to students' ability to seek information effectively and responsibly during their academic years and in their future lives.

Information Literacy as Defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Information literacy is a set of abilities enabling individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information"

Information Literacy for Faculty and Administrators

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Revised standards (4.7, 4.16, 4.19, 7.6, 7.10) specify that graduates successfully completing an undergraduate program should demonstrate competencies including the capability for continuing learning and the skills of information literacy

ACRL Information Literacy Standards and Performance Outcomes

The Five Standards: Performance Outcomes
1. The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

2. The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.

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

4. The information literacy student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

5. 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.

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