Information Literacy

Information Literacy @Simpson College  

Simpson College General Education - Beginning in the fall of 2011, Simpson College transitioned to a new approach to the foundational liberal arts component of the Simpson Experience. Students need to complete coursework in seven different embedded skills. One embedded skill is Information Literacy.

Simpson Colloquium - An introductory college course that seeks to integrate new students into academic culture focused on engaged citizenship during their first semester on campus.


Instructional Resources for Faculty

Instruction Menu - Do you or your students need help with specific research areas? Contact the librarians to have classroom or one-on-one instruction on growing and varied areas of information literacy.

Questions to Consider Before Meeting With a Research Librarian About Your IL Course - A list of questions and assignment options to prepare for a meeting with a Research Librarian - whether teaching an IL course or course/discipline research.

RAC – Research Assistance Center - The best place to start researching a project. Working in collaboration with the Writing Center and Hawley Center, the RAC is one piece in the seamless approach to effective research.

Individual and group appointments - For big projects or specialized research, librarians are available to work one-on-one and with groups. Here are some questions to prepare you for your appointment.

Recommended Dunn Library Information Literacy Resources - All resources are located in the Research Assistance Center (RAC) located by the computer lab.

Sample Assignments - The approaches to meeting Information Literacy goals are unique to the discipline, course, assignment and instructor preferences. The librarians will work in collaboration with faculty to fulfill the information literacy needs of the students by helping in creating relevant assignments. Here are some examples of assignments.

Do's and Don't's of Assignment Creation - Remember these tips when creating your assignments.

Theories of Information Literacy

ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education - Provides a framework for assessing the information literate individual.

Standards, Performance Indicators, and Outcomes - There are five main standards that also list a range of outcomes for creating an assessment of student progress toward information literacy.

Information Literacy for Faculty and Administrators - From ACRL, an introduction to the concept of information literacy programs.

Subject Specific Information Literacy Standards

Anthropology and Sociology Information Literacy Standards - Map the ACRL general Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education into the subjects of anthropology and sociology.

Psychology Information Literacy Standards - Map the ACRL general Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education into the domain of Psychology.

Teacher Education Literacy Standards - Map the ACRL general Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education into the domain of Education.

Assessment Rubrics

VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education - Information Literacy VALUE Rubric - Developed to evaluate a collection of work to demonstrate student's information literacy skills.

Information Literacy Value Rubric - (pdf). Reprinted with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, updated 2013.

Developing a “One Size Fits Most” Library Instruction Assessment Tool - From the University of Chicago Library, creating an assessment program for library instruction. Expands on pre/post tests and rubrics.

Assessment Tools - Instruction Clearninghouse - From Virginia Tech Library, focus is placed on assessment tools for library sessions, including one-shot visits.

Assessing the Assessment: One Academic Library’s First-Year Journey into Curriculum-Integrated Information Literacy Instruction - Reflections on the creation of a library assessment plan. Includes future ideas for revisions to the program.

Polls and Surveys for Assessments

Google Drive - To create forms and surveys.

Survey Monkey


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