Students are consumers and creators of information who must negotiate a complex information ecosystem. Information Literacy is a complex landscape of abilities, practices, and habits of mind which support an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, and critically use information.
Library Instruction at the University of Delaware
In partnership with faculty and mindful of the learning goals of the general education program and of specific academic disciplines, our goal is that University of Delaware students will:
- Negotiate complex questions of authority, adopting a critical stance toward information sources of all types
- Cultivate awareness of and respect for intellectual property and become stewards of their own creative works
- Become familiar with the tools of scholarly discourse within given disciplines, and contribute to that discourse
- Develop a repertoire of versatile search strategies
- Think critically about the format in which information is presented and understand how format impacts the way information is created and perceived by others
Librarians are enthusiastic and knowledgeable partners in the creation and support of assignments which make use of information resources. Librarians work with faculty as guest lecturers, consultants, and collaborators on assignments dealing with the research process and research tools, digital content creation and stewardship, and historical inquiry.