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Information Literacy Standards and Outcomes

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.”

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. ACRL Chicago 2016.

Our information literacy standards support the University mission, vision and values.  


We base our Information Literacy standards on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  

This framework is founded upon the concept of metaliteracy, or the idea that information is increasingly not only acquired, but produced and shared in collaborative communities. Success in this environment requires critical thinking and metacognition skills to use information, data and scholarship ethically.  Students, faculty and librarians share a responsibility to develop and foster these skills.  

Learning Outcomes

Our goal is that the following general competencies be acquired by all students:

Undergraduate Students:

Graduate Students:

In addition to the above, graduate students will be able to:

Library Instruction Services

As Research and Teaching Librarians, assuring that your students achieve these critical information literacy outcomes is our first priority. Learn more about our classroom teaching & support services to support information literacy in the classroom.

Questions & Help

If you have questions on this, or another, topic, contact a librarian for help!