Information literacy instruction helps students critically assess new information, become better researchers in their fields, and understand and use the wealth of resources available to them through the library. To coordinate information literacy instruction for your course or department, contact Emma Schmidtke, Education and Research Librarian at Leslie J. Savage Library.
Examples of information literacy instruction currently practiced at Western:
Leslie J. Savage Library references the Association of American Colleges & Universities' VALUE Rubric for Information Literacy and the Association of College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to design instruction and assess student learning in information literacy skills and dispositions.
The first year of a Western student’s information literacy education will be dedicated to overcoming the common hurdles of conceptualizing research at a college level, becoming familiarized with the library’s resources, and understanding the essentials of knowledge production in a scholarly environment. By their end of their first year, students will be able to:
Concepts: Research as Inquiry. Information has Value.
During their second year, a Western student will build upon the basic search and research conceptualization skills acquired in their first year in order to conduct more refined searches and more rigorous evaluation of sources. The library will also introduce discipline-specific considerations for selecting and evaluating resources. By the end of their second year, students will be able to:
Concepts: Research as Inquiry. Searching as Strategic Exploration. Authority is Constructed and Contextual.
In their third and fourth years, a Western student will add advanced database searching skills to their research process and will critically evaluate the resulting sources in order to gain comprehensive knowledge of existing literature on a topic before adding their own knowledge and arguments to scholarly communication. Students will also use bibliographic management software and a mastery of discipline-specific resources to manage and synthesize a large body of research in a chosen discipline. By the end of their undergraduate degree at Western, as well as in subsequent graduate programs, students will be able to:
Concepts: Searching as Strategic Exploration. Authority is Constructed and Contextual. Information Creation as a Process. Scholarship as Conversation.