About Library Instruction
Our instruction program focuses on teaching lifelong skills of locating, accessing, and evaluating information to students, in support of UFV's institutional learning outcomes (see in particular ILO #1, Demonstrate information competency).
Librarians partner with faculty to provide direct student instruction in the classroom, with the goal of developing customized learning experiences that meet the learning outcomes of an assignment or project.
We also provide indirect instruction and research support to students through online tools such as research guides and tutorials. This includes the development of research guides customized for your course.
We also work directly with faculty to design assignments and learning activities that support the development of students' information competency through the entire program.
About Information Competency
ILO #1 identifies four key abilities:
- gathering, organizing, and critically examining information;
- efficiently using technology in that pursuit;
- using relevant and credible sources from a variety of perspectives; and
- using information ethically.
These are all reflected within the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL, 2016), which identifies an ecosystem of information competency that can be expressed through 6 key concepts, or frames:
- Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
- Information Creation is a Process
- Information Has Value
- Research is Inquiry
- Scholarship is Conversation
- Searching is Strategic Exploration
Together, these frames identify the knowledge practices and dispositions, or attitudes, that are embodied by information competent individuals.