NEASC 2011 Standards:
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) standards 4 and 7, newly updated and published in July 2011, address the importance of developing an information literacy instruction program on college campuses.
Standard 4.7 states: "The institution ensures that students use information resources and information technology as an integral part of their education. The institution provides appropriate orientation and training for use of these resources, as well as instruction and support in information literacy and information technology appropriate to the degree level and field of study."
Furthermore, according to standard 7.10: "The institution ensures that throughout their program of study students acquire increasingly sophisticated skills in evaluating the quality of information sources appropriate to their field of study and the level of the degree program.
To assist academic departments in addressing Standards 4 and 7, the library has outlined a 4 step process in the document, NEASC Accreditation and Information Literacy (.pdf)
Information Literacy defined:
Information literacy is a set of competencies enabling individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, access, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
In keeping with ACRL and NEASC, Library & Information Services prepares students at SMC to achieve information literacy competence through course integrated assignments and instruction sessions scheduled with a library instructor. During instruction sessions, librarians will provide opportunities for students to gain experience and expertise with research skills. Students will learn how to:
1. Determine the extent of information needed
2. Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
3. Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system
4. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
5. Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally
*First Year Seminar Information Literacy Student Learning Outcomes