College Information Literacy Efforts Benchmarks

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Primary Research Group Inc, 2008 - Education - 189 pages
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College Information Literacy Efforts Benchmarks presents the results of an information literacy higher education benchmarking study. More than 110 colleges from the United States and Canada participated in the study; data is broken out by size and type of college, for public and private colleges, for US and Canadian colleges, and even by number of in-class instructional sessions given. Uniquely, this report also breaks out data separately at institutions at which librarians have faculty status, anD at which they do not. The 175 page study presents an enormous wealth of often completely unique statistics, including data on: use of library personnel for instruction, instructional work load, change in number of presentations or classes, Assessment of skill level of students in the following areas: Boolean searching, evaluation of website information credibility, recognition of plagiarism, use of the online library catalog, use of search engines, use of periodicals databases, and use of eBook collections; frequency of issuing tests to assess student skills in Access, Excel, Word, Windows and other common programs, frequency of use of information literacy tests of various kinds for incoming freshmen and transferees; percentage of colleges that require an information and/or computer literacy test for graduation, means of performance assessment for information literacy and other library science instructors, use of librarian and instructor assessment forms; length of time spent in information literacy sessions, role of information literacy in student orientations and introductions, percentage of colleges that offer information literacy services trough a distance learning student orientation; percentage of colleges with a 0,1,2 or 3 credit information literacy course, plans to develop such courses, the cross listing of such courses; rate of requiring information literacy training within the context of a basic introductory English composition of other type of basic course; overall likelihood of adaptation of a format information literacy graduation requirement; current offerings and plans to offer an online information literacy course; percentage of colleges with librarians that serve on the curriculum committee; use of blogs, listservs, course management systems and social networking sites for info literacy purposes; view of the English Department's performance in carrying out information literacy responsibilities; availability of and use of interactive info literacy tutorials; software programs used in developing tutorials; use of video tutorials; assessment of the library's role in student computer technology training; use of special “drop-in” sessions,; use of information literacy instructional labs, number of seats for such labs, capacity utilization for the labs, age of the lab; forecast level of investment in technology, space, software and equipment for information literacy purposes over the next three years.
 

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Contents

Staffing and Budgeting
55
Assessment of PreInstruction State of Information Literacy Skills
63
Testing and Assessment
75
Student Orientation
100
Requirements
105
Power and Influence
117
Relations with the English Department
122
Interactive Tutorials
130
Information Technology Courses
140
Instructional Lab
158
Social Networking and Information Literacy
167
Favored Resources
177
Other Reports by Primary Research Group Inc
180
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