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General Competencies in Information Literacy

Recognizing the increasing importance of information in our culture and our world, the University of Dayton also expects all students to achieve competency in information literacy. Thus, the University established the General Competencies in Information Literacy. In cooperation with the instructional faculty of Roesch Library, the English Department provides all students opportunities to achieve these competencies in the context of the composition curriculum.

Importantly, there is some significant overlap between the reading and writing competencies and the information literacy competencies. Items 1, 6, and 7 in the reading and writing competencies, for instance, include abilities related to evaluating evidence as well as locating and evaluating sources. Because the English Department supports the goal of enabling our students to achieve these competencies, we are always looking for ways to strengthen connections between library instruction and our composition courses. Thus, instructors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the five expectations outlined below, and more information can be found at these links:

Please note that instructors are responsible for getting any appropriate training in software on their own. Instructors are encouraged to take advantage of a full range of faculty development opportunities offered by the Learning Teaching Center on the ground floor of Roesch Library.

The following is a list of the General Competencies for Information Literacy:

Students will develop effective strategies for using information technologies when seeking knowledge;
  • Identify and explore general information sources (print and electronic) and extract appropriate details;
  • Use a graphical user computer interface to navigate electronic information sources;
  • Break an information need into parts and prioritize these parts for investigation;
  • Use a variety of appropriate information-gathering strategies and technologies.
Students will understand the structure, form, and access methods of recorded information;
  • Use the classification schemes to locate information and knowledge;
  • Refine info-gathering by accurate use of vocabulary/keyword indexing schemes/Boolean expressions;
  • Use computer-based structured info sources (spreadsheets, databases, collaboration tools).
Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate and analyze the information gathered from a variety of sources;
  • Determine credibility of author and validity of data;
  • Distinguish point of view, claims being advanced, and forms of substantiation used;
  • Develop/refine info-gathering strategies for print/electronic data in light of purpose and audience.
Students will use information and information technology responsibly and ethically;
  • Identify and discuss ethical and responsible uses of information tools and resources.
Students will demonstrate an interest in and ability for life-long learning about information technology;
  • Use basic capabilities of productivity tools for word processing, storage of files, access to computer files;
  • Use computer-based technologies to access info and enhance personal/professional productivity;
  • Use computer software to present textual and numeric data.