Information Literacy is an essential element of critical thinking and problem solving. Students who are information literate produce much more successful assignments—in turn, allowing you to spend more of your time and energy teaching, rather than addressing these critical thinking problems in each individual student. These students also tend to be more successful and demonstrate an increased perseverance in academic programs, and therefore have greater retention and graduation rates. Often faculty figure that students are “digital natives” and that finding and evaluating information online comes naturally to them. But I\information skills are not the same as Googling, tweeting, messaging or commenting on a friends Instagram. When students lack the skills to think critically about information, there can be gaps between faculty expectations and student ability.
Information Literacy is important to every discipline, not just English, and should be a part of the basic toolkit for student success. It cannot be learned in a single library orientation or classroom session. It is a process that is learned over time, and with practice. To that end the Jonathan Edwards Library provides the Credo Information Literacy Modules, a collection of sixty videos, interactive tutorials, and even quizzes that can be incorporated into faculty Moodle gradebooks. They can be found in the Faculty Toolbox on Moodle at https://moodle.berkshirecc.edu/course/view.php?id=10830 as well as in this LibGuide, and in a separate Student Information Literacy LibGuide at https://berkshirecc.libguides.com/infolit_students.
All of these tools are available to faculty and can be used independent of the library in your own classroom. We are here to help you by providing Information Literacy instruction sessions and labs in the Library, semester long embedded librarian programs, and short session demonstrations in your classroom or ours. Of course, librarians are always ready to help students individually.
Updated- 5/23/2019 kch