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Credo Information Literacy Modules Mapping

The Credo Information Literacy Modules provide nationally recognized, standardized information literacy instruction tools to faculty.  The Modules, which include videos, interactive tutorials and quizzes (the latter accessible through the Faculty Toolbox on Moodle) are aligned with ACRL Standards, the new ACRL Frameworks for Information Literacy and the AAC&U Information Literacy VALUE Rubric. 

Coordinator of Library Services

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Karen Carreras-Hubbard
Contact:
Jonathan Edwards Library, Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01085
413-236-2153

Why Information Literacy Matters

What Is Information Literacy?‚Äč

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. 
Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. American Library Association, 2015.

According to the Association of College and Research Libraries, the benefits of information literacy instruction for students are to:

  • Improve information literacy and critical information practices
  • Improve research strategies, authorship, and meaning making
  • Deepen learning and content knowledge
  • Enhance awareness of campus library expertise

Faculty also benefit in that they are able to:

  • Join pedagogical partners in the design of integrated information literacy and disciplinary curriculum
  • Help students to cultivate identities as information producers and contributors 
  • Deepen learning and students' information literacy 
  • Support accrediting body guidelines

Lastly, Administrators and the institution in general benefits in that they:

  • Meet higher education standards and accreditation  
  • Promote partnerships between faculty, librarians, instructional designers and others
  • Strengthen student learning outcomes and performance 

The ACRL Frameworks

Over the past twenty years the Association of College and Research Libraries has created standards, and now, frameworks to help guide in the development of information literacy classes.  Think of these six frames as the scaffolding that will help support your acquisition of information literacy skills.  Use these as a guide for how to proceed, and understand that they need not be followed in any particular order as the steps to researching effectively should be flexible and fluid. 

 

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual

Who created the information sources you are using?  Are they experienced in the subject area you are investigating?  The expertise and credibility of the creators’ of information is important as it represents their authority in the field.   “Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.”


Information Creation as a Process

Information is produced in many formats including print and online, with different purposes and delivery methods.  Information can be formal or informal, scholarly or entertainment based.  “Information in any format is produced intentionally to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.” 


Information Has Value

Information is property and therefore has a value. In the United States, information is often protected by copyright.   An author may retain the rights to his or her work, and there are rules for how to acknowledge this, for instance, when sources are cited, the author is acknowledged as being the creator of that information. The value of their authorship is respected.  “Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination”.


Research as Inquiry

When researching a topic, often you come across information that prompts you to ask questions, or seek additional information.  Combining and recombining facts and data, and reframing increasingly complex questions about a topic, is an important part of the research process.  “Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.


Scholarship as Conversation

The interaction of scholars and researchers allows information and data to be shared, and to move among communities.  The background work of scholarship can be as informal as a face-to-face discussion or brainstorming session or as formal as an article in a scholarly journal.   The conversation may be a metaphor for wider communications through publishing online and in print. .   “Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.


Searching as Strategic Exploration

You will probably begin with a general topic when you begin your research.  As you discover more about your topic, you may find that it is too broad for your needs, and you may decide to narrow your focus to some aspect of your topic.  Or you may discover additional information that you hadn’t considered, and which changes the course of your research.  Flexibility and critical thinking are important in the research process.  .  “Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a broad range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding is developed.”