What is “Information literacy”?
Information literacy 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
Learn About Information Literacy at UNCW
Information literacy is a required competency in UNCW's University Studies program (six credit hours) and is one of eight university Learning Goals.
Incorporate Information Literacy Into Your Class
- * Use the Library Effectively in Your Class *
- Work With Your Liaison Librarian
- Apply for the Information Literacy Faculty Fellows Program
Resources for instructors of...
Utilize Pre-made Asynchronous Virtual Library Instruction
Request Virtual Library Instruction
Instruction - Asynchronous
- Subject guides (examples)
- Video tutorials (examples)
- Canvas modules (examples)
- Information literacy development activities/assignments
Instruction - Synchronous
- Usually over Zoom
- Can be a “traditional” 50-75 minute class length or a series of shorter topical sessions
- Can be recorded for absent students
Student research support - Asynchronous
- Canvas inbox messaging
- Canvas discussion board(s)
Student research support - Synchronous
- Office hours (usually via Zoom)
- Virtual appointments (make an appointment online)
Instructor teaching support
- Collaborating on research assignment development
- Assisting with stable links to library resources (ebooks, databases, articles, etc.)
- Providing feedback/comments on student work, such as drafts.
Request Library Instruction
Please note that all library IL instruction and tours for 2020-2021 will be virtual/remote - please refer to the options above and contact your liaison librarian with questions. The Library's Digital Makerspace is also providing instruction upon request.