Maintained by the Association of College and Research Libraries' Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee, these resources will help one advocate for, develop, and apply information literacy programming, to enhance teaching, learning, and research in the higher education community.
Type of Material:
Have librarians and teachers jointly walk through the information literacy standards, and identify areas where the standards could be incorporated into the curriculum. Then have librarian-teacher pairs read and discuss sample learning activities, and adapt them in designing learning activities.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
Identify information literacy standards.
Describe ways to incorporate information literacy into the curriclum.
Target Student Population:
Librarians and MLIS graduate students, pre- and in-service teachers, higher education faculty and administrators and researchers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic ICT literacy and instruction design skills
The website consists mainly of links to supporting documents in four areas: standards, collaboration and advocacy, faculty and administration, and teaching/learning. The website and its contents are developed by academic librarians and teachers. The website and its documents can be used independently and applied to many contexts. Material is accurate and current, and it appropriately attributed.
The website is fairly new so it is hoped that more materials will be added.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning objectives are embedded in the topics and supporting documents, and all emphasize the information literacy aspect of ICT literacy. Documents are linked by the four major topics. The website provides a centralized way to access much useful information effectively. Because there are many documents to choose from, instructors can easily fine one that can be incorporated as a reading or as a prompt or case study for learning and practice.
Because the documents are self-contained and written by a variety of authors, they quality and clearity in terms of building on prior concepts or reinforcing ideas, varies.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The instructions are brief and clear since the site consists mainly of links to supporting documents. The layout is simple and easy to navigate independently; the users needs little technical skill. The website has a search feature to aid in finding relevant materials. The home page has four images, which catch the viewers' yes.
The visuals do not appear to include alt-text, although their use is largely decorative. No help feature exiss. The website is not interactive, although the creating committee can contribute to it.
Other Issues and Comments:
The "Essential Links" provided to Information Literacy Events, Workshops, & Conferences;
Information Literacy Readings and Bibliographies;Global Perspectives on Information Literacy; the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee; the AASL/ ACRL Transitions Toolkit & Resources and the ACRL Plan for Excellence are really helpful.
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