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Introduction to Information Literacy skills

Information literacy can be broadly defined as, "the skills and capacities to understand and navigate print and electronic texts in a university setting, focusing on how to access, identify and use high-quality information" ethically.

What is Information Literacy

Information Literacy is, as it is defined by The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a set of life-long learning, transferrable skills/abilities that students can develop while studying at the university and use them after graduation in their professional life. These abilities are meant to help students in searching, evaluating/analyzing and using the information ethically. 

 

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

ACRL has developed Information Literacy Frames to help librarians to incorporate these frames into the curriculum. Work with faculty on developing Information Literacy skills among students.

According to ACRL  there are 6 Frameworks, each frame has its set of knowledge practices and dispositions. Each frame can be used separately and in combination with each other. 

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
Information Creation as a Process
Information Has Value
Research as Inquiry
Scholarship as Conversation
Searching as Strategic Exploration

How to Incorporate Teaching Materials

At AUA the Information Literacy sessions are incorporated within Freshman First-Year Seminar 1 and 2 courses. 

At the same time, these sessions are designed for both Graduate and Undergraduate students. Also, it is possible to use these materials in several options.

All three or just one of the sessions can be requested in the following format: 

1. One-shot in-class activity led either by the librarian or by the instructor.

Instructors can request one session or an element form the session such as an assignment for their course. These elements can be redesigned with the librarian, to create a specific assignment/task for students' research needs.  

2. Sessions developed in the Moodle.

AUA is using Moodle as its Learning Management System. Introduction to Information Literacy Sessions are available on Moodle as separate sessions with corresponding slides, assignments. They can be assigned for the students to take them online for their research skills.  

3. Sessions integrated in the course led either by the librarian or by the instructor.

All three sessions can be integrated into the course for the whole semester. They can be led either by the librarian or by the instructor. 

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