The mission of the Duane G. Meyer Library instruction program is to encourage the development of information literacy skills for all Missouri State University students.
Information literacy can be defined as a process by which students come to:
- Recognize when they have a need for information
- Identify the kinds of information needed to address a given problem or issue
- Develop a search strategy and find and evaluate the needed information
- Organize the information and use it effectively to address the problem at hand
- Use the information legally and ethically
These essential information-seeking skills and behaviors contribute to an individual’s ability to think critically and advance his or her success as a life-long learner. Collaboration and communication between librarians and instructors is essential to a successful information literacy program. Several options are available to assist instructors with the teaching of information literacy skills.
Well-designed, course-related library assignments are an effective way to introduce students to library research. Students learn best about library resources when the instruction is linked to a specific, focused research assignment. The assignments listed are offered as alternatives to the traditional research paper, but they are not exclusive of longer projects.
Detailed guide contains goals, outcomes, assignments, and suggested assessment for first-year students. It also includes an extensive bibliography of both print and electronic resources.
Presentation given to GEP instructors contains suggested assignments and information related to increasing student information literacy skills.
For additional information, assistance, or suggestions contact Crystal Gale, Information Literacy Coordinator, 417-836-4345, firstname.lastname@example.org