The Earlham Libraries offer a course-integrated information literacy program. Recent statistics indicate the scope of the program:
The Earlham Libraries also organize and teach in two student-facing instruction initiatives related to information literacy:
In addition, the Earlham Libraries seek to enhance curricular change related to information literacy through faculty experimentation via course mini-grants, course "design spas" held at least twice yearly, and an annual, themed "teaching with technology" peer community of practice organized by librarians. The 2016-17 theme was "digital writing" and the 2017-18 theme was "collaborative active learning environments."
Student learning outcomes for information literacy vary by course. Course-integrated student learning outcomes at Earlham typically fall into categories identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Information Literacy VALUE Rubric:
A course-integrated, information literacy assignment is part of the new Earlham Seminar 1 general education requirement, effective 2014-15.
Increasingly, information literacy instruction at Earlham takes the form of course-integrated sessions about how to create digital research outputs: large-format posters, infographics, podcasts, short videos, digital storytelling, and more. These sessions fall within the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education promulgated by the ACRL Association of College and Research Libraries. The ACRL Framework is capacious by design, not a checklist of specific outcomes but a sequence of overlapping "knowledge practices" and "dispositions." Generally speaking, Earlham's course-integrated information literacy sessions that focus on how to create digital research outputs fall within the ACRL "Frames" - "Information Creation as a Process" and "Scholarship as Conversation."
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