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The Randall Library Instruction Program serves the students, faculty, and staff of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The mission of the program is to educate members of the university community to acquire the information-seeking skills that are appropriate for their individual levels of scholarship and support their research. Through this program, the Library facilitates access to the extensive resources available to the university community; fosters a sense of independence and responsibility; and encourages a collaborative relationship with the Instructional Services and Reference Librarians.

The UNCW faculty has an open invitation to work with the Randall Libraries Instructional Services faculty to create course-related assignments that include information literacy objectives.

"Information literacy encompasses more than good information-seeking behavior. It incorporates the abilities to recognize when information is needed and then to phrase questions designed to gather the needed information. It includes evaluating and then using information appropriately and ethically once it is retrieved from any media, including electronic, human or print sources. The responsibility for helping people become information literate is best shared across a campus, as is clearly indicated in the Competency Standards." (ACRL Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction, 01/01)

The Randall Library Instruction Program's goals and objectives incorporate the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standard's with various teaching strategies and methodologies designed to meet the individual differences in learning including level, style, and culture.


General Goals and Objectives for the Instruction Program and its participants:

Goal 1: Recognize and articulate the need for information.

Objective 1.1: Formulate questions based on the information need

Objective 1.2: Identify key concepts and terms that describe the information need

Objective 1.3: Refine or modify the information need to achieve a manageable focus

Objective 1.4: Recognize the need for information in creative and analytical thinking

Goal 2: Be familiar with how information is designed, stored, and organized.

Objective 2.1: Define sources of information

Objective 2.2: Identify formats of information

Objective 2.3: Describe the organization of information

Goal 3: Identify and select the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems.

Objective 3.1: Determine what kind of information is needed (e.g. statistical data, narrative)

Objective 3.2: Select the most appropriate research tool

Goal 4: Develop and implement effective search strategies.

Objective 4.1: Formulate an effective search strategy

Objective 4.2: Conduct the search using appropriate research tools

Objective 4.3: Evaluate search results, and revise search strategy as necessary

Goal 5: Identify, locate, and retrieve information.

Objective 5.1: Record relevant information and its sources

Objective 5.2: Determine location of information

Objective 5.3: Use information in various formats

Objective 5.4: Access and use information ethically and legally

Goal 6: Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the information.

Objective 6.1: Examine the content and the structure of the information

Objective 6.2: Articulate and apply criteria for evaluating both the information and its sources

Objective 6.3: Synthesize information to construct new concepts

Goal 7: Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Objective 7.1: Integrate information and prior knowledge in the creation of a product

Objective 7.2: Communicate the product effectively to others

Objective 7.3: Acknowledge the use of information sources

Goal 8: Assess the information seeking process and product.

Objective 8.1: Reflect on successes, failures and alternative strategies

Objective 8.2: Evaluate the process and product within the context of the information needs