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Information Literacy Guide for NorQuest Faculty: Home

This guide is designed to support NorQuest faculty in the development of students' information literacy skills.

Welcome!

The Information Literacy Guide for Faculty was created to raise awareness about the role of information literacy in student learning, and to assist instructors with integrating curriculum to address students' varying information literacy skill levels and needs.

This guide includes:

  • Information about library and information literacy instruction provided by librarians at NorQuest
  • Tools and resources created by NorQuest Library and other institutions addressing students' research and information skills
  • Tips and examples of assignments that develop students' research and information skills

About Information Literacy

Information Literacy is a set of abilities that enable individuals to evaluate and choose information critically from a range of sources, and use information effectively and ethically. In today's world these skills are more essential than ever, and will prove invaluable to NorQuest students as they search for jobs and begin new careers. 

Information literacy is fundamental to lifelong learning. As stated in the Alexandria Proclamation,

"It empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational, and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations" (UNESCO, 2005). 

The Association of College & Research Libraries' new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education defines information literacy as:

"...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" (ACRL, 2015).

Information Literacy at NorQuest

College Wide Learning Outcomes

Through its focus on information literacy, the library actively supports the achievement of Creative and Critical Thinking, a College Wide Learning Outcome.

 

Acknowledgement

NorQuest College Library gratefully acknowledges the excellent work of Mount Royal University Library, on which some of the content of this guide is based.