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Assessing Information Literacy

February 4, 2016

At Drexel University there are 12 Student Learning Priorities. These DSLPs identify educational goals that should be at the center of every student's experience. The Priorities range from communication to responsible citizenship, but it is the priority of Information Literacy that is at the heart of the Libraries' mission.

A student and a librarian talk in an office in the librar

The Libraries teach and support Information Literacy in many ways, but how does one assess the success of these efforts?

Recently, Elise Ferer, the Libraries' librarian for undergraduate learning, trialed the Association of College and Research Libraries' new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Elise used the framework to shape lessons and activities for instructors teaching First Year Writing courses. Items designed could be used in the physical classroom or in BlackBoard. 

ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy grew out of a belief that information literacy will realize its full potential only through a richer and more complex set of core ideas.

At a recent meeting among Drexel librarians, Elise shared her recent efforts with fellow liaison librarians and they discussed how the new Framework could be mapped to additional courses and programs or to major outcomes and objectives. If you are interested in learning more or seeing how the Framework maps to your course or program, talk to your liaison librarian. You can also browse posters created by the Bertrand Library at Bucknell University that help explain the Framework.

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