The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has recently adopted the newly developed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015). The Framework seeks to address some of the limitations of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000) and offers a revised and expanded definition of information literacy:
“Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”
The Mount A Libraries Information Literacy pages will soon be revised to reflect the transition from the ACRL Standards to the new Framework.
Librarians are available to help your students navigate the often-overwhelming world of information -- in the library and online. We offer many instructional services; what follows is merely a selection. We would be happy to discuss other ways to best help your students.
Early planning will ensure that librarians have time to prepare something useful and worthwhile for your students, as well as to allow any scheduling conflicts to be resolved.
Ideally, a library class should be planned with a librarian at least two weeks in advance of the class, although we may be able to accommodate requests one week beforehand.
Librarians have found that students take away more from the library instruction when it is scheduled closer to an assignment’s due date. Classes scheduled at the beginning of term are often long forgotten by students by the time they begin an end-of-term essay.
It is possible to schedule a few shorter instruction sessions throughout the term, rather than one full class early on. This would work particularly well with assignments that students are required to complete in stages (e.g. paper topic by one date, annotated bibliography by another, final paper due at the end of term).
Your Subject Librarian (above, at right) is available to consult with departments who are interested in developing a programmatic approach to information literacy. Such an approach would involve setting out the information literacy skills believed to be most important for students in a programme, deciding at what point in the programme students need to learn these skills and determining how the skills will be taught.
Last updated 2 May 2008
Librarians & Archivist Winter 2021
Laura Landon | 939-2125
Commerce, Economics, Environmental Studies, Government Information, Languages & Linguistics, Sociology
Jeff Lilburn | 364-2237
Drama, English, French Literature, Philosophy, Psychology
David Mawhinney (University Archivist) | 364-2563
Elizabeth Stregger | 364-2610
Data and Digital Services, Science Consultations (by appointment)
Other subject areas, including Classics, Fine Arts, and Visual & Material Culture: Please e-mail Infodesk@mta.ca
Want to know more about the Library of Congress Classification System? See the Understanding Call Numbers section of the Research Tips page.