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Information Literacy and Library Instruction: IL Program - Documents, Procedures, and Policies

Information Literacy and WMU Libraries

WMU Libraries' Information Literacy Program

Mission: In order to support WMU’s vision to be learner centered, discovery driven, and globally engaged, the University Libraries’ Information Literacy program seeks to foster information literacy for all students, faculty, and staff.

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing:

  • effective and reflective discovery of information
  • the understanding of how information is produced and valued
  • the use of information in creating new knowledge
  • participating ethically in communities of learning

Goals and Actions for 2015-2016

Information Literacy Core Competencies

To further the goal of developing information literacy in WMU students, WMU Libraries has developed a set of information literacy core competencies.  They are a guide for faculty, staff, and students at WMU seeking to integrate information literacy into the university curriculum., and a tool to encourage and facilitate conversation.

Faculty may use the core competencies to:

  • Develop curricula at the department or course level
  • Facilitate assignment creation
  • Coordinate syllabi within a department
  • Provide a framework for faculty workshops and training
  • Write learning outcomes for student assessment
  • Make information literacy more transparent