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Information Literacy And The BCC Student

Information Literacy is not just about knowing how to "Like" people on Facebook, or use the latest Microsoft product.  Information Literacy is about empowering information users with the mastery necessary to evaluate and use information effectively in order to::

  • Evaluate information sources for Accuracy, Currency and Authority
  • Be able to discern when information is biased and/or Inaccurate
  • Successfully choose the best sources for academic pursuits
  • Use information successfully in their careers
  • Make informed decisions about information in their lives
  • Deal effectively with information overload

Information Literacy is also important to the Library's purpose at Berkshire Community College.  This includes:

  • Meeting our accredition through NEASC.
  • Upholding the College's strategic plan.
  • Supporting the missions of both the College and the Jonathan Edwards Library.


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    Help With Research?

    This subject guide provides valuable tools to help you with your research assigment. The better your Information Literacy skills are, the easier the research process will be for you.  What is information literacy?  It's the ability to recognize what type of information you need, and how to locate, evaluate, and effectively use it.  If after consulting these pages you still need help, call the Reference Desk at 413-236-2157 or come by the Library and speak with Karen Carreras-Hubbard or Liza Palmer.


      What is Information Literacy?

      We live in the Information Age, where information is everywhere: on the internet, television, media, print books and magazines, etc.  With so much information available finding the RIGHT information is becoming more and more important for academic, work and personal needs. 

      What constitutes the RIGHT information?

      Let us say that you’d like to familiarize yourself about a medical issue before visiting your doctor.  Typing a term into Google might render thousands of  links to sites.  Finding the link leading to the best information could be essential to your understanding the condition enough to be able to ask your doctor critical questions.  As this example illustrates, having a criteria for evaluating the information you uncover and choosing the best sources is what Information Literacy is all about.  An information literate person has acquired the ability to effectively find, critically evaluate, efficiently manage and ethically apply information to solve a problem, whether s/he is looking for sources for an English assignment, or locating information for personal purposes. The Jonathan Edwards Library staff are here to help you acquire information literacy skills sufficient to successfully meet your academic, work and personal information needs and to prepare you for a future in the Information Age.

      Useful in this process are our databases which provide sound, academically appropriate resources including scholarly journals, how-to brochres, and the video series the Library has and will continue to create. 



        Information Literacy Videos

        Berkshire Community College's Own Video Series, Hey John!  Adventures In Information Literacy.

        Finding Books - Series I

        1. Finding A Book In The Public Access Catalog (The PAC)


        2. Locating A Book On The Shelf


        3. Activating Your Library Card And Checking Out A Book

        The following voice thread on searching the Public Access Catalog will guide you step by step.


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