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Library Instruction: Information Literacy

Information for Vol State faculty and students on instructional services available at Thigpen Library.

What is information literacy?

Information Literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Library instruction focuses on these skills and how to access information at Thigpen Library.

American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)


Academic Library Contributions to Student Success

In April 2016, the Association of College & Research Libraries published the results of a study which focused on dozens of library instruction programs and projects. The study shows how the library contributes to student success and learning in four key areas:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework.
  2. Library use increases student success.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance students learning.
  4. Information Literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes.

The full report and executive summary are freely available online at the links below.

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Project Information Literacy

Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a large-scale, national study about early adults and their research habits, conducted in partnership with the University of Washington's iSchool.

Infographic showing results of the Project Information Literacy study about college students' research habits. Please see the Word document below this image for complete information provided in image.