Information Literacy at Pace

What is Information Literacy? 

According to the American Library Association: 

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

The Association of College and Research Libraries expanded upon this definition in their 2000 document Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

“Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.

An information literate individual is able to: 

  • Determine the extent of information needed,
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently,
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically,
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base,
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose,
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally."

Middle States and Information Literacy

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Pace University's accrediting body, has embraced these elements of Information Literacy, and includes this language in their current revision of the Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Standards for Accreditation.

Information Literacy at Pace

The Pace University Library Instructional Services Team works from the ACRL definition of Information Literacy as we develop and design our instructional programs.

  • Our First-Year Information Literacy Program - consisting of UNV 101 (Freshmen Seminar: Introduction to University Community) and ENG 110 and ENG 120 - as well as most of our custom-designed, course specific sessions incorporate elements of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The learning outcomes identified for each of these programs and sessions are selected from the Standards, and appropriate teaching, learning and assessment activities are designed to address these outcomes
  • Information Literacy has been identified as one of the Core Learning Outcomes (after following the link, scroll down to see the Learning Outcomes). The Core Curriculum Revision Task Force has identified this learning outcome as:

“Information Literacy and Research – [the ability to] locate, evaluate and make efficient and ethical use of information resources.”

Faculty - Librarian Collaboration and Information Literacy

Currently librarians collaborate with faculty members on:

  • the development of library and Information Literacy instructional sessions
  • the creation and refinement of effective research assignments
  • collection development efforts in relation to research assignments and needed materials
  • instructing faculty on the availability and use of library resources
  • providing an explanation for faculty on the concepts of Information Literacy
  • assisting faculty as they integrate Information Literacy into their teaching
  • sharing the teaching of Information Literacy concepts
  • illuminating the benefits of Information Literacy for students, faculty and librarians.

We look forward to continuing to partner with faculty members as they integrate elements of Information Literacy into their course instruction. We will be adding examples of collaboration to this web site, so check back for updates.

Please feel free to contact any member of the Instructional Services Team if you are interested in partnering with us in this effort.