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Explore resources for teaching, learning and professional development related to the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

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Information literacy requires a re-thinking of basic curriculum issues. It will mean giving up or re-organizing things we do now in order to make information literacy a campus-wide mission.

Reform of undergraduate education has included discussion of inquiry-based learning, research-based learning, problem-based learning, evidence-based learning, service learning, or undergraduate research on campus. As Patricia Breivik notes, "they all rest on the foundation of resource-based learning, which is the basis for student achievement of information literacy." (Breivik, P.S. Student Learning in the Information Age (Phoenix, AZ: American Council on Education and Oryx Press, 1998), p.25.

Even a cursory review of the Information Literacy Competency Standards will show that there is much more to information literacy competence than library-related research. Students must demonstrate competencies in formulating research questions and in their ability to use information as well as an understanding of ethical and legal issues surrounding information. In fact, it may be difficult to separate information literacy from the goals of a good undergraduate education.


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