Egan Library’s information literacy program contributes to the library’s mission by promoting information literacy throughout the University curriculum and library services, empowering students to critically use and evaluate library and other information resources and to grow as independent critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Information literacy and its concurrent practices and dispositions enable individuals to identify and locate relevant, reliable information in a changing and often overwhelming information environment and are key to students' academic and personal development.
UAS lists information literacy as one of our Undergraduate Competencies: "competency in information literacy combines the skills of being able to 1) identify needed information; 2) locate and access the information; 3) analyze and evaluate the content; 4) integrate and communicate the information; and 5) evaluate the product and the process."
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy in its guiding document, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education:
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.
Both these definitions underscore that those who are information literate have the ability to critically evaluate and engage with information in order to effectively contribute to scholarship and learning.
Librarians provide information literacy instruction through several different modes; our course-integrated instruction is tied to a specific assignment or student need and taught in-person via a class visit or online via a variety of asynchronous or synchronous means. To schedule an in-person or synchronous online session, please contact the Librarian Liaison for your School at least two weeks in advance.