Information Literacy is defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries as the skills needed to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."
Our goal through the Library Instruction Program is to teach students about academic research, the publication patterns of the academic community, and how to effectively use the search systems that we offer through the Library; we also want to encourage students to think more critically about larger issues that surround the search for, evaluation of, and use of information as a process that will continue beyond their academic career.
By working with the Drexel Library's Instruction Program, you will be working to improve student's investigative skills, their understanding of the academic world as a whole, and their critical thinking abilities, both in and out of the classroom. Our goal is to format instruction sessions that ring relevant for students, both as a seamless part of their class curriculum, and as a more general part of their university experience. We're happy to work within the structure of your syllabus to see where information literacy most appropriately fits in.
To learn more about Information Literacy at the college level, see the Association of College and Research Library's Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
To learn more about the Library Instruction Program, or to discuss how Information Literacy might fit into your courses, contact:
Library Instruction and Outreach Specialist
Last revision / review: August 20, 2013