Education Purpose, Mission and Goals
The Brescia University College Library education plan is designed to assist all Brescia University College students, faculty, staff, prospective students, distance learners and community members to learn how to navigate the complexities of print and electronic resources available to them through Brescia and Western Libraries and to develop information literacy skills that can be applied to all information needs and settings.
Brescia University College Library is committed to providing library education at the point of need; developing course integrated instruction; focusing on search and research strategies as well as tools; incorporating both print and electronic information sources and technology; using a variety of learning theory and strategies; and providing interactive instruction that will allow users to be lifelong, self-directed, and self sufficient learners.
The library staff will provide instruction as requested to all patrons including those with little or no library experience up through to experienced researchers.
Definition of Information Literacy
Brescia University College Library uses the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) definition of information literacy which states:
Information literacy is a set of abilites requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.
The library is continuously forging partnerships with faculty members, staff, and administrators who are in daily contact with students to help with the development of effective library instruction programs.
Brescia University College Library aligns its goals with the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as expressed by the Association of College & Research Libraries
An information literate individual is able to:
- Determine the extent of information needed
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluate information and its sources critically
- Uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally