Information Literacy Standard: Vermont State Colleges
In September 2001, the VSC proposed that all students meet a graduation competency for information literacy modeled on the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Competency Standards for Higher Ed at Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Ed
Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree candidates must meet the VSC standard for information literacy as a requirement for graduation. The standard addresses a student’s ability to:
- Define a research topic and the information needed.
- Use a variety of traditional and electronic resources to collect and organize that information.
- Evaluate the information and its sources critically.
- Acknowledge and document the sources needed.
Information Literacy and Library Instruction at JSC
JSC faculty have designed first year seminars to meet the following objectives: Explore interdisciplinary content; Promote extended classroom experiences; Offer experiential learning opportunities; Include an information literacy component. In these seminars, librarians deliver introductory sessions which serve as the basis of a developmental program for information literacy instruction at JSC.
Students will satisfy the graduation standard for information literacy by successfully completing the VSC TILT tutorial and the four related assessments mounted on Moodle, the VSC course management system.
Students should register for a section of GRS-3000 the semester they plan to take the TILT assessment.
2011 Information Literacy Initiatives
What are JSC’s information literacy initiatives?
We are proposing to integrate information literacy (IL) in the curriculum in a sequential program. We are creating documents for each department that will chart core courses in order to identify where, when and who will teach these skills. Faculty and librarians are collaborating to develop these curriculum “maps” and then designing assignments to measure student research competencies throughout their years at Johnson State.
What’s in place so far?
- We have created a vision statement, “Information Literacy Initiatives: An Action Plan.” In it we provide a context and a rationale for our proposal to integrate IL throughout the curriculum. We then chart information literacy objectives related to the four VSC standards, and the knowledge, skills, and abilities students will possess as a result of library instruction.
- We designed a template for each JSC program that will be used to map core courses to information literacy instruction and to indicate which objectives will be introduced, reinforced, or assessed. We also include a draft proposal for integrating IL instruction in three general education courses.
- We piloted this project where we used the template to create an information literacy sequence for the HTM major in the Business/Economics Department. That curriculum map includes a listing of all core course descriptions for HTM along with examples of activities and assignments that meet our IL instructional objectives and are aligned with the learning outcomes for HTM majors. A separate part of the plan includes an outline of information resources that business students will be required to know and use in their coursework and later in their careers.
- Finally, for the business department, we offered a menu of standards-based assignments for the first through fourth years for the HTM program. These assignments are only a few examples of the types of activities librarians and faculty members could design for introducing, reinforcing or assessing information literacy competency.
What is next on our agenda to implement the plan?
We want to demonstrate the value of producing curriculum maps for each academic department that indicate which core courses will be targeted for information literacy instruction and assessment. We owe it to our students to show them that research is a process and that there are principles and techniques that can be learned. Contact Christine Silkotch or Joe Farara for more information on how we can collaborate with you to produce a curriculum map for your department.