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Information Literacy Resources: Information Literacy at Eckerd

Provides information on information literacy standards and assignments designed to teach information literacy.

Information Literacy Standards

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ARCL) defines Information Literacy as:

The information literate students:

  1. Determines the nature and extent of the information needed
  2. Accesses the needed information effectively and efficiently
  3. Evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base
  4. Uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  5. Understands the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and accesses and uses information ethically and legally

AT Library Orientation

Autumn Term Orientation at Eckerd College consists of three key components:

  • Amazing Race Event
  • Personal Librarian Program
  • Plagiarism Tutorial

The Amazing Race: Eckerd College Edition introduces the library in a fun orientation event.  Students will learn a variety of basic services the library offers and meet their personal librarian.  The goal of the orientation is to make them feel comfortable in the library and to meet the friendly librarians.

The Personal Librarian Program is designed to provide all new Eckerd College residential students with a personal point of contact and to introduce them to the services and collections available from the EC Library.

The Plagiarism Prevention tutorial is required for all Autumn Term students and administered within their AT course Moodle page.

Why is Library Instruction Important?

Often we make the mistake to assume that students are "tech savy" therefore they can do library related research.  Project Information Literacy is a national study about early adults and their information-seeking behaviors, competencies, and the challenges they face when conducting research in the digital age. 

The Eckerd College Librarians are here to help your students with every step of the research process.  Please contact us to collaborate on assignments and provide the best instruction to meet your students needs.

The two short videos below summarize parts of the Project Information Literacy findings in relation to frustations students face when given a research assignment and how they rely on assignment handouts.

Library Instruction

If you would like a librarian to teach your students how to do research, use the request form below. Tell us about your assignment and we will tailor the instruction session to your needs.  

IL Assessment

SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) is used by Eckerd for a cohort of classes in Autumn Term and in Quest for Meaning.  To learn more about how SAILS is being used on our campus, open the links below.