In 2000, the American Association for Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), JWU’s accrediting body, made information literacy an accreditation standard.
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We are always seeking information, for both course work and “real life.” Information helps us reach conclusions, make choices, and communicate more effectively.
In today’s “information” environment, finding reliable answers to questions can be difficult. The uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information poses challenges. In order to decipher and use the information we find effectively, we need to develop “information literacy” skills.
ENG1020 English Composition is the pre-assessment course. In this course, a research component, a library instruction and an information literacy assessment are required. The results of the test do not impact the students’ grades, but are used to determine areas in which students may be struggling. Those areas are addressed in library instruction classes.
Select major courses have been chosen to include a research component and a library instruction.
Select upper division major courses have been selected to include a research component and a library instruction.
Select upper division major courses have been selected to include a research component. Students may be asked to take the information literacy assessment again during their junior or senior year. The results of the test do not impact the students’ grades, but are used to determine areas in which students may be struggling. Those areas are addressed in library instruction classes.
For a list of all information literacy designated courses, select the IL Classes @ JWU tab.
Information Literacy is the ability to:
In 2015, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) filed the framework for information literacy for higher education. This new Framework updates the previous information literacy standards.
The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically:
Source: ALA's Framework for Information Literacy, found here.