Information Literacy Education

Northern Vermont University Libraries is dedicated to providing information literacy instruction for both virtual and face-to-face courses. Our goal is to help Northern Vermont University students develop the information literacy skills to succeed in their studies, in the workplace, and as lifelong learners through meaningful and sustained instruction. Information literacy education begins in ENG-1071/81 with an introductory session and continues with a more intensive research session in ENG-1072/82. The library offers additional programs intended to help students continue to build upon the foundation they develop in those initial sessions. See the descriptions below for more details. Contact library director Sam Boss for questions or to schedule an appointment. For Information Literacy questions related to NVU Online programs, contact Lisa Kent.       

 

1A. Foundation in Information Literacy and Library Education (Session 1)

Session 1 Learning Objectives Corresponding VSCS IL Skill Corresponding ACRL IL Skill
Based on class discussion, students will articulate the value of the library. N/A Learners who are developing their information literate abilities seek out conversations taking place in their research area [Scholarship as Conversation]
Students will know where to seek help for library and IT resources. N/A Learners who are developing their information literate abilities seek appropriate help when needed [Research as Inquiry]
Students will use the library website to locate print and electronic foundational information resources, books, and serials. Collect and organize information using a variety of sources Learners who are developing their information literate abilities determine an appropriate scope of investigation [Research as Inquiry]
Students will identify a print book in the library catalog and access it in the stacks. Collect and organize information using a variety of sources Learners who are developing their information literate abilities recognize the value of browsing and other serendipitous methods of information gathering [Searching as Strategic Exploration] 

 

1B. Foundation in Information Literacy and Library Education (Session 2)

Session 2 Learning Objectives Corresponding VSCS IL Skill Corresponding ACRL IL Skill
Given four example sources of information, students will identify which is a foundational source, substantive source, and a scholarly source. Critically evaluate information and sources Learners who are developing their information literate abilities articulate the capabilities and constraints of information developed through various creation processes [Information Creation as a Process]
Using a research topic or question, students will identify relevant terms in the topic or question and execute a search in a library database or search engine. Define a research topic and the information needed Learners who are developing their information literate abilities use different types of searching language (e.g., controlled vocabulary, keywords, natural language) appropriately [Searching as Strategic Exploration]
Using bibliographic information, students will determine whether a source is credible. Critically evaluate information and sources Learners who are developing their information literate abilities recognize that authoritative content may be packaged formally or informally and may include sources of all media types [Authority Is Constructed and Contextual]
Using an information resource, students build a citation for that source in an accepted citation style. Acknowledge and document research sources Learners who are developing their information literate abilities give credit to the original ideas of others through proper attribution and citation [Information Has Value]

 

2. Faculty & Librarian Partnerships

Program Purpose / Description Outcomes
Special Topics Session Provide a session on a special topic (E.g. creating citations/references, tracking authority & determining credibility, using special resources, or area research) Goals set by the instructor and librarian will determine the outcomes. 
Embedded Librarian The embedded librarian is an instructional partner who will work with the instructor and students for the life of a course to deliver focused and intensive information literacy instruction. Visit the program page for more information.   Goals set by the instructor and librarian will determine the outcomes.
Class Librarian The class librarian provides targeted support for discovery and access to resources for the life of a course. Visit the program page for more information.   Goals set by the instructor and librarian will determine the outcomes.
INT-1810: Integrated Research & Writing (NVU-Lyndon)  Team taught by a professional librarian and a writing center professional or faculty member, the 1 credit, half-semester mini course will help students develop the skills necessary to carry out basic research and integrate the products of that research into a well-crafted written document.  Students will be able to identify information needs and then locate, analyze, evaluate, and apply sources based on those needs; express a research strategy in written form; and construct a bibliography using a bibliographic format to ensure sources are used ethically.