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Information Literacy Standards and Outcomes

Our information literacy standards are based on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and support the University mission, vision and values.  


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.

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

Ensuring 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 and how we can be a partner.

Questions & Help

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