Information Literacy Center
Information Literacy: LaGuardia's Story
According to the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), "Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information."
ACRL also has an Information Literacy Best Practices Program, which includes a list of exemplary programs.
These standards are represented at LaGuardia in the Research and Information Literacy Core Competency. The rubric for that competency can be found here (PDF). Here are definitions of all of LaGuardia's Core Competencies.
Every ENG101 class visits the Library for a one-hour instruction class. Non-ENG101 faculty interested in a class can request one using this form. The Library also offers three credit-bearing classes, all of which help students to improve their information literacy.
Do you need help incorporating information literacy into your own course? Consider meeting with your library liaison. Your liaison can help you include information literacy standards into your assignments.
Integrating Information Literacy Into the Classroom
- CUNY Council of Chief Librarians Information Literacy White Paper (PDF)
- Information Literacy @ CUNY
- Information Literacy Learning Goals
- Library Information Literacy Advisory Committee (LILAC) (private Commons group)
- Evaluating Web Resources via Library Orientation Exchange
Copyright and Citation
- Copyright Tutorials, Tools and FAQs via (C)OPYRIGHT @ CUNY
- EasyBib: Student-friendly citation helper
- LaGuardia Community College Academic Standing Committee
- Plagiarism & Citation Resources for Faculty via LaGuardia Community College
- Copyright Basics: The Movie via Copyright Clearance Center
- Fair Use via Mozilla
- Plagiarism and Copyright via Library Orientation Exchange
- Plagiarism Prevention Guide
Other Information Literacy Sites
- 21st Century Information Fluency
- ACRL Standards: Step-by-Step via ACRL
- Colby's Information Literacy Site
- Cornell University Digital Literacy Resource
- Foundational Information Literacy for Freshman
- Instructional Support List via North Carolina State University Libraries
- Project Information Literacy (includes content like this video on the need for information literacy skills in the workplace)
- What Students Know about Information Literacy: Research from Credo and Thriving Libraries
- Designing Research Paper Assignments
Presented by Dr. Ximena Gallardo and Dr. C. Jason Smith of the English Department and sponsored by the Academic Standing Committee.
on-campus streaming only
- Teaching information literacy using An Inconvenient Truth: lesson 1 (PDF) and lesson 2 (PDF)
- Creating Effective Information Literacy Assignments, James Madison University Libraries
- Creating Effective Research Assignments, Pace University
- Creating Effective Research Assignments, University of Maryland University Libraries
- Creating Info Lit Assignments Passaic County Community College
- Designing an Effective Library Research Assignment, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College
- Designing Effective Library Research Assignments, Otterbein College Courtright Memorial Library
- Integrating Information Literacy into Course Assignments, St. Anselm College
- Suggestions for Successful Internet Assignments, New Mexico State University Library
- Two-Minute Videos: Videos Guides to Help You Use the LaGuardia Library
- The Consequences of Plagiarism via The University of Texas at Austin
- Copyright in a Copy Paste World
- Copyright explained musically via PandoDaily
- ebrary tutorials (via ProQuest)
- EBSCO YouTube channel
- LexisNexis Academic YouTube channel
- Voice, a video tutorial on plagiarism, via SUNY Albany
Past Library Information Literacy Symposia
- 2013 — Dr. Nancy Fried Foster, Senior Anthropologist, Ithaka S+R: "Using Anthropological Methods to Understand Student Work Practices"
- 2013 — Cynthia Eaton, Professor, Humanities Department, Suffolk Community College: "MOOCs: Fad or Future" (presentation; on-campus only)
- 2012 — Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of Media Studies and Chair, Media Studies Department, University of Virginia: "Teaching, Learning, and the Googlization of Everything" (presentation)
- 2011 — "The Faces of Student Research" - Panel of Student Winners, LaGuardia Community College's Research Review Competition
- 2010, May — Dr. Megan Oakleaf, Assistant Professor, iSchool, Syracuse University: "Information Literacy Assessment in a 2.0 World: Changes & Challenge" (presentation [PDF])
- 2010, March — William Badke, Associate Librarian for Associated Canadian Theological Schools and Information Literacy at Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada: "From Broker to Strategist: Notes of a Traveller in the Strange Land of Information 2.0"
- 2009 — Dr. Matthew K. Gold, Assistant Professor, English Department, New York City College of Technology & faculty member, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, CUNY Graduate Center: "Guerrilla Pedagogy: A Hit-and-Run Guide to Mobile, Open-Source, Aggregated Course Design; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internets"
- 2008 — Tom Eland, Chair, Information Studies Department, Minneapolis Community and Technical College: "Learning from Others: Implementing and Assessing Information Literacy"
- 2007 — "The Role of Information Literacy Across the Disciplines"
Keynote: Dr. Betsey Barefoot, Co-Director, Policy Center on the First Year of College
- Dr. Edward Owusu-Ansah, Chief Librarian, Kingsborough Community College
- Dr. Andrew A. Beveridge, Chair, Sociology Department, Queens College
- Dr. Bret Eynon, Assistant Dean, Center for Teaching & Learning, LaGuardia Community College
Information Literacy Bibliography
- Avery, Elizabeth Fuseler, ed. Assessing Student Learning Outcomes for Information Literacy Instruction in Academic Institutions.
Call no.: ZA 3075 .A85 2003
- Fluk, Louise. "The Narrative of Research as a Tool of Pedagogy and Assessment: A Literature Review." In Transit, Fall 2009. (PDF)
- Gavin, Christy. Teaching Information Literacy: A Conceptual Approach.
Call no.: ZA 3075 .G38 2008
- Kaplowitz, Joan. Transforming Information Literacy Instruction Using Learner-Centered Teaching.
Call no.: ZA3075 .K37 2012
- Watts, Margit M. ed. Information Literacy: One Key to Education.
Call no.: ZA 3075 .I536 2008
- Blakey, George T. "Breathing New Life into Research Papers" College Teaching 45, no. 1 (January 1997): 3-6.
- Isbell, Dennis. "What Happens to Your Research Assignment at the Library?" College Teaching 56, no. 1 (Winter 2008): 3-6.
- Mahaffy, Mardi. "Encouraging Critical Thinking in Student Library Research: An Application of National Standards" College Teaching 54, no. 4 (Fall 2006): 324-327.
- Chapman, Paige. "Students Lack Basic Research Skills, Study Finds." The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 9, 2010. http://chronicle.com/
- Head, Alison J. Learning Curve: How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace. Seattle, WA: Project Information Literacy, 2012. (PDF)
- Head, Alison J., and Michael B. Eisenberg. Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age. Seattle, WA: Project Information Literacy, The Information School, University of Washington, 2010.(PDF)
- Head, Alison J. and Michael B. Eisenberg. Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age. Seattle, WA: Project Information Literacy, The Information School, University of Washington, 2009. (PDF)
To get help with assignment design or to schedule a class presentation, contact your Library Liaison or Alexandra Rojas, Coordinator of Reference, at email@example.com or 718-482-6020.
Compiled by Alexandra Rojas, September 2014