The librarians' goal is to assist students with their research and provide them with information literacy skills-skills that contribute to the ability to think critically and that are vital for lifelong learning. In the process, we collaborate with faculty to engage students with inquiry-based assignments that prepare students to seek and use information wisely and effectively in their academic, professional, and personal lives. We teach and develop information literacy through the Information Literacy Program in the following ways:
- By collaborating and partnering with our colleagues from all departments and offices to integrate information literacy into academic programs.
- By promoting the use of library resources in all formats.
- By providing instruction formally or informally, in-person, or via technology.
- By evaluating the effectiveness of our approaches and constantly renewing our own skills.
Information literacy is a set of competencies enabling individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, access, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)) ACRL, a division of the American Library Association, is dedicated to helping information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research. ACRL has also overseen the development of information literacy standards in specific disciplines.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) standards (4.6, 4.18, and 7.8) specify that graduates successfully completing an undergraduate program should demonstrate competencies including the capability for continuing learning and the skills of information literacy.