Our information literacy initiatives are based on the premise that, as the level of difficulty of research projects increases, so must students' abilities. First year students, students researching in their majors, and graduate students all need to have a solid base of skills so that they can locate, evaluate and effectively use information to meet the demands of their academic experience.
The goal of the First Year Instruction Initiative [hotlink] is to have all students master a few basic library competencies to aid them in their first year of college-level research. All of the participating courses bring their students to the library to work with a librarian.
Library competencies for students by year [hotlink] were developed by the Information Literacy Committee in order to provide guidelines and outcomes for student learning. The outcomes are based on what skills first year and sophomores need to prepare them for junior and senior level research work and skills that Juniors and Seniors should know in order to be competent researchers in their majors.