Information Literacy and UO Libraries Learning Outcomes

At UO Libraries we define Information Literacy (IL) as: 

A set of practices that empowers people to critically, effectively, and ethically use and create information to engage with the world personally, professionally, and civically in support of educational goals and to foster continuous learning.

The UO Libraries definition of IL is informed by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015) that considers IL as a “set of integrated abilities,” the Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning (2005), which states that IL “is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations,” and the right to freedom of expression as defined in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which empowers people “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” 

IL involves multiple literacies, including visual, digital, and data literacies, that can be integrated in disciplinary contexts. In order to be information literate, people must have access to information and the space to put these skills into practice.

Why does the UO community need IL skills?

Information shapes our world. Information empowers individuals to create and critically use new knowledge for social change, democratic activities, and personal or professional advancement. Information literacy skills help people become confident in finding, evaluating, and using information efficiently and ethically. An information literate individual can navigate information overload and filter bubbles and can look at scientific research through analytical and critical lenses. An information literate society is more just, fair, and open. IL practices can be used to critique ideas and to examine policies and worldviews. IL skills are gained through practice and persistence and shift people from consumers to creators of information who will contribute to ongoing debates in academia and beyond.

IL Learning Outcomes

Central to the UO Libraries is to be an integral part of the education of students. We are strategically placed to assist faculty, researchers, staff, and students in all endeavors related to their UO work and beyond, and we play a vital role in assisting the University of Oregon achieve its mission. To that end, the UO Libraries IL Learning Outcomes are aligned with the University of Oregon mission to individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.” 

Goal 1.  Research as Conversation: Understanding the nature of information

  1. Considers diverse perspectives and sources when choosing a research strategy and materials.
  2. Undertakes research as an iterative process and that refinement and modification are part of that process.
  3. Recognizes that information production and dissemination differs across academic disciplines.
  4. Identifies experts for help when seeking further information.

Goal 2. Critical Thinking: Process of finding and evaluating information

  1. Uses tools and criteria used to evaluate material for relevance to topic and credibility.
  2. Develops an effective research question and can translate that question to a research strategy.
  3. Recognize the diverse cultural, physical, social, and historical contexts of an information source in order to understand how they influence the content. (via PSU)
  4. Creates a search strategy that takes into account how language and search algorithms affect search results.

Goal 3.  Ethical Use: Understanding and using information properly

  1. Recognize that intellectual property is a legal and social construct that varies by culture.
  2. Represents the works of others appropriately by properly citing and crediting

Goal 4.  Knowledge Organization and Creation: The process and product of creating new information

  1. When choosing an avenue for their work, considers audience, intent, and medium.
  2. Synthesizes resources to create new knowledge or articulate an informed viewpoint.
  3. Develops an organized method for storing and retrieving collected resources.

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Questions? Please contact the Head of Research and Instructional Services, Katy Lenn.