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Information Competency Program

The aim of the  Information Competency Program is to produce students  who can recognize when information is needed, locate and evaluate information from appropriate sources, and synthesize and communicate it effectively.

To prepare students to become effective and responsible information consumers.

Objective 1: The user recognizes the need for information.

Performance criteria:

  1. Recognizes that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision making.
  2. Frames appropriate questions based on information needs.
  3. Defines a manageable focus and timeline.

Objective 2: The user accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.

Performance criteria:

  1. Creates an efficient plan based upon his/her information needs.
  2. Successfully finds information in libraries and other informational sources.
  3. Devises a search based upon the capabilities, structure, and access points (i.e., author, title, subject, etc.) of an information resource.

Objective 3: The user evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.

Performance criteria:

  1. Identifies potential sources of information.
  2. Creates search strategies using keywords, key  phrases and Boolean operators.
  3. Accesses information within sources by using indexes, table of contents, cross references, and electronic search strategies.

Objective 4: The user critically analyzes and evaluates information.

Performance criteria:

  1. Determines accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness of information
  2. Distinguishes among facts, points of view, and opinion.
  3. Thinks critically about the content of information.
  4. Explains the process of knowledge generation and publication patterns in appropriate disciplines.

Objective 5: The user understands that information varies in its organization, content and format.

Performance criteria:

  1. Demonstrates how information sources may be grouped in various ways.
  2. Distinguishes differences between the level of available sources (primary, secondary, etc.). 
  3. Distinguishes between various types of documents (scholarly or popular articles, books, etc.) 
  4. Identifies  information formats (e.g. oral, microform, paper, electronic, etc). 

Objective 6: The user understands how library collections are physically organized and accessed.

Performance criteria: 

The user describes how libraries and library systems may group information sources by subject, author, format, publisher, type of material, classification number, or special audience.

Objective 7: The user identifies the library staff who provide expertise in accessing information and securing information from other libraries.

Performance criteria: 

The user can identify the library staff members who are subject specialists for particular academic areas and the department responsible for borrowing materials from other libraries through interlibrary loans.

Objective 8: User is able to read, understand and create citations. 

Performance criteria:

  1. Given a list of references in various citation formats, the user can list at least three elements common to most citation formats (e.g. author, title, date). 
  2. Given a list of citations, the user can distinguish different types of information and locate the original source (e.g. book, article, Internet resource, conference proceedings). 
  3. Having obtained a variety of information sources, the user can construct citations to this information in a standardized format and incorporate these citations into his/her research report.

Objective 9: The user develops habits for lifelong learning.

Performance criteria:

  1. Given a variety of information sources, the user identifies and distinguished the importance of information for vocational, personal, and recreational purposes.
  2. Given certain career and/or personal goals or objectives, the user describes what and how information benefits his/her professional and personal lives.
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