Information Literacy Instruction

icon of an exclamation markDue to renovation and expansion-related building closures, all Randall Library instruction for Summer 2024 will take place virtually or in your classroom. Please contact your liaison librarian to schedule an instruction session or coordinate alternate locations if needed. 

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Request Information Literacy Instruction

First Year Seminar  |  Transfer Seminar  | Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar  |  English Composition  |  Other UNCW Courses  |  Online Courses

Isaac Bear Early College  |  Visiting Groups (K-12 schools, etc.)  |  Library Tours 

Note for Summer 2024: We are happy to offer library-related instruction virtually or in your classroom for Summer 2024. Please contact your liaison librarian to schedule an instruction session, plan for in-library instruction for Fall 2024, or coordinate alternate locations if needed. Unfortunately, we cannot host any tours or summer group orientations of the library.  

What is “Information Literacy” (IL)?

Information literacy (IL) is defined as the competencies an individual summons in order to locate, retrieve, evaluate, select, and use information sources.Source  That means more than just research skills! Information literate citizens examine the socio-cultural production of information and knowledge, and they approach all information production and consumption in a critical manner. 

The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively. Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. - American Library Association 

Information literacy is a required competency in UNCW's University Studies program (six credit hours) and is one of eight university Learning Goals.

Information Literacy at UNCW

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Asynchronous Virtual Resources

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