The mission of the Egan Library’s information literacy instruction program is to contribute to the student learning, research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University of Alaska Southeast and to support the Egan Library’s Mission by promoting information literacy through both the University curriculum and Library services in order to help students evaluate and efficiently use library and other information resources and to become independent critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Information literacy skills are essential to students’ academic and personal lives, as they enable individuals to identify and locate relevant, reliable information in a changing and often overwhelming information environment.
Here at UAS information literacy is one of the 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 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 of the definitions above underscore that those who are information literate have the ability to effectively find reliable information (by using critical thinking skills) and to use that information in order to contribute to scholarship and learning.
We provide information literacy instruction through several different modes; much of our instruction is course-related and taught as part of class visit (in-person or online). To schedule a class visit, please contact the Librarian Liaison for your School at least two weeks in advance.