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Information Literacy Instruction

highlights library instruction sessions and resources for increasing students' information literacy

Disciplinary Standards & Competencies

ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND DESIGN

Art, Architecture, and Design Information Competencies (June 2018), developed by members of Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and Information Services Section (RISS) members, outlines novice (undergraduate) and expert (graduate) information literacy competencies for five disciplines: Architecture History, Architecture, Art History, Fashion Design and Studio Art.  This document takes into consideration Information Competencies for Students in the Design Disciplines (2006), Visual Literacy Competencies Standards for Higher Education (2011) and Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  It aligns with the six core concepts of the Framework and “reflect[s] a more problem-based and active-learning approach to information literacy” (5). 

ARLIS/NA Research & Reports

Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Art - resources posted by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Library (IL) in the Disciplines Committee.

BIOLOGY

Contributors to BIO2010 Transforming undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists (2003) outline a new path for biology education and stress the importance of interdisciplinary for undergraduates obtaining a biology degree.  The report notes that students should be able to find information (41), work with a variety of information sources and evaluate sources (47).

Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians (2009), a report of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) – Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Committee, focuses on competencies (rather than courses) needed in preparation for medical school.  The four overarching principles include references to curiosity, skepticism, objectivity, evaluation, synthesis and attribution (4-6).  Some learning objectives refer to information literacy competencies.

Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Biology - resources posted by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Library (IL)  in the Disciplines Committee.

HISTORY

The American Historical Association (AHA) Tuning Project (2016) document “describe[s] the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that students develop in history courses and degree programs”.  It provides six core competencies and associated learning outcomes and is intended to stimulate conversations within history departments. 

Information Literacy in the Disciplines: History - resources posted by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Library (IL)  in the Disciplines Committee.

PUBLIC HEALTH

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) launched a Framing the Future Task Force with a goal of advancing public health education.  The Undergraduate Education Framework report (2015) refers to information literacy as a background domain for public health education. 

The Public Health Foundation (PHF) adopted an updated version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals PDF (2014).  The document “reflect[s] foundational skills desirable for professional engaging in the practice, education, and research of public health.”  Tier 1 skills are identified for entry level and/or front-line public health professionals.  Though the document does not use the phrase “information literacy”, many of the outcomes relate to information literacy concepts.  The document is authored by The Council on Linkages Between Academic and Public Health Practice. 

Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Public Health - resources posted by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Library (IL) in the Disciplines Committee.