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Information Literacy Competencies
  • determining when information is needed

  • locating, evaluating, validating information

  • using information effectively

  • avoiding distortion: personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations

Faculty are expected to demonstrate a high level of proficiency to teach and model in each of these information literacy components.


Cairn University's Information Literacy Standard

What is Information literacy?

"The set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning."

Information literacy is a key ingredient for critical thinking in our information-saturated world.

Information Literacy as mission:

Cairn University exists to educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent men and women of character. Professional competence requires information literacy and, as such, this standard has been developed for incorporation in each degree program offered by the University. It has been constructed to accomplish the following objectives:
1.1. Compliance with the ACRL 2016 Information Literacy Framework;
1.2. Achievement of Information Literacy Competencies;
1.3. Development of proficiency in the Information Literacy E.A.S.E. Cycle; and
1.4. Assessment of Information Literacy Learning Outcomes.

This standard is based on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2016 Information Literacy Framework:

▪ Authority Is Constructed and Contextual      ▪ Research as Inquiry
▪ Information Creation as a Process               ▪ Scholarship as Conversation        
▪ Information Has Value                                  ▪ Searching as Strategic Exploration