Information Literacy Mission Statement

Joyner Library's Instructional Services program supports the missions of Joyner Library and East Carolina University.  The program's primary objective is to provide educational support and service to the campus community, using the standards for information literacy competencies defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries as a guide.  Library Instruction, provided by librarians and library staff, is primarily course-related, research process-oriented, and hands-on.

Goals and Objectives

Program Development

Goal 1: All objectives and goals statements will reflect the American Library Association's "Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction" and the "Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices."

Goal 2: Instructional program development will reflect institutional priorities (eg., distance education, added programs and degrees).

Goal 3: Joyner Library's Instructional Services will solicit collaboration with the teaching faculty to participate in an Information Literacy program.

Goal 4: Budget information regarding staffing, equipment needs, and space will be provided to the library administration on an as-needed basis.

Goal 5: Products of instruction, including handouts, webpages, subject guides, and/or lesson plans, will be maintained by Instruction librarians and made accessible to other teaching librarians. 

Goal 6: Joyner Library instruction assessment uses a variety of tools to assess student learning outcomes in COAD 1000, ENGL 1100, ENGL 1200, and all other classes. Methods include formative assessment methods, the Library 101 Online Tutorial quizzes, and faculty feedback.

The student learning outcome assessment tools are formative assessment methods used in a sampling of all library instruction sessions taught throughout the academic year. They include the 3-2-1 questionnaire, muddiest point, minute paper, e-mail an article exercise, and collected worksheets. Success is based on students' ability to define concepts and to demonstrate skills outlined in the student learning outcomes via formative assessment techniques. The library instruction program and lesson plans will be revised based on student responses.

The Library 101 Online Tutorial is used in ENGL 1100, ENGL 1200, and DE classes to acclimate students to the physical library, virtual library, library services, and basic research techniques. Students' knowledge is tested via a quiz for ENGL 1100 & 1200 classes. Tutorial content and quiz questions will be revised based on areas identified via the quiz responses that need reinforcement.

Faculty feedback is sought biennially during the Fall semester from all teaching faculty who requested a library instruction session. Our goal is to receive 4+ responses on Likert scale questions and positive comments. Instruction content and methods will be revised based on faculty feedback.

Goal 7: Joyner Library's Instructional Services will participate in training and mentoring new teaching staff.

Faculty Services

Goal 1: Work with faculty on strategies for incorporating instruction in the critical use of information resources in their classes.

Goal 2: Introduce new faculty to Joyner Library and its resources.

Goal 3: Increase faculty members' familiarity with and use of print and electronic information sources.

Goal 4: Assist faculty in developing effective assignments using appropriate print and electronic sources which emphasize critical thinking skills.

Student Outcomes

The information literate student will:

Goal 1: Recognize and articulate the need for information.

Objective 1.1: Formulate questions based on the information need

Objective 1.2: Identify key concepts and terms that describe the information need

Objective 1.3: Clarify the information need to achieve a manageable focus

Objective 1.4: Recognize the need for information in creative and analytical thinking

Goal 2: Understand how information is designed, stored, and organized.

Objective 2.1: Define sources of information

Objective 2.2: Identify and navigate different formats of information

Objective 2.3: Describe the organization of information as it relates to physical arrangement, Library of Congress classification, and the information cycle in disciplines

Goal 3: Identify and select the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems.

Objective 3.1: Determine what kind of information is needed (e.g. statistical data, narrative)

Objective 3.2: Determine what level of source is most appropriate (primary, secondary, etc.)

Objective 3.3: Determine the necessary purpose and audience of the information source (eg., popular vs. scholarly, current vs. historical)

Objective 3.4: Select the most appropriate research tool

Goal 4: Develop and implement effective search strategies.

Objective 4.1: Formulate an effective search strategy

Objective 4.2: Conduct the search using appropriate research tools

Objective 4.3: Evaluate search results, and revise search strategy as necessary

Goal 5: Identify, locate, and retrieve information.

Objective 5.1: Record and interpret bibliographic citations for relevant information

Objective 5.2: Determine location of information

Objective 5.3: Use information in various formats

Objective 5.4: Access and use information ethically and legally

Goal 6: Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the information.

Objective 6.1: Examine the content and the structure of the information

Objective 6.2: Articulate and apply criteria for evaluating both the information and its sources

Objective 6.3: Synthesize information to construct new concepts

Goal 7: Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Objective 7.1: Integrate new and prior information in the creation of a product

Objective 7.2: Communicate the product effectively to others

Objective 7.3: Acknowledge the use of information sources in acceptable citation format

Goal 8: Assess the information seeking process and product.

Objective 8.1: Reflect on successes, failures and alternative strategies

Objective 8.2: Evaluate the process and product within the context of the information need

Objective 8.3: When appropriate, evaluate the library instruction classroom session or research consultation session

Posted March 31, 2004

Acknowledgements:

Florida International University Libraries: Information Literacy Goals and Objectives
Randall Library, UNC Wilmington: Instructional Services Mission Statement and Goals
University of Delaware Library: Information Literacy Goals
Stewart Library, Weber State University: Information Literacy Program Goals and Objective

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