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Our Learning Outcomes

Recent qualitative, performance-based library assessment efforts* indicates that students:

At Lane Community College Library, we have adopted the following core competencies to address student information seeking behavior and application to their academic and personal lives:

Core Competencies in Information Literacy

Competency 1: To recognize the need for information.

  • Recognizes that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision making.
  • Frames appropriate questions based on information needs.
  • Defines a manageable focus and timeline.

Competency 2: To access information from appropriate sources.
  • Understands and can use the variety of information sources available, including: Internet, electronic library catalogs, and print materials.
  • Identifies a variety of potential sources of information.
  • Can select those sources that are appropriate to a given need.
  • Develops efficient and effective search strategies.
  • Consults experts for assistance/guidance when needed.
  • Understands standard systems of information organization.
  • Identifies and retrieves information relevant to the question/need.

Competency 3: To develop skills in using information technologies.
  • Can access the campus information systems and understands how to access information networks.
  • Can access and navigate the Internet to locate information appropriate to the need.
  • Can effectively expand or narrow a search as needed.

Competency 4: To critically analyze and evaluate information.
  • Filters large amounts of information.
  • Determines accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness of information.
  • Assesses the reliability and accuracy of information.
  • Distinguishes among facts, points of view, and opinion.
  • Thinks critically about the content of information.
  • Understands the process of knowledge generation and publication patterns in appropriate disciplines/fields.

Competency 5: To organize and process information.
  • Synthesizes information from a variety of sources.
  • Integrates new information into one's own knowledge base.
  • Makes inferences, connections, and draws conclusions.

Competency 6: To apply information for effective and creative decision making.
  • Applies information in critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Creates new information or knowledge through synthesis.

Competency 7: To understand and respect the ethical and legal aspects of information and its technologies.
  • Respects the principles of equitable access to information.
  • Respects intellectual property rights.
  • Applies principles of academic honesty in use of information.
  • Acknowledges works of others through accurate citations and references.

Competency 8: To develop attitudinal objectives which lead to appreciation of lifelong learning.
  • Understands that information searching requires time, diligence, and practice, and that skills are learned over time.
  • Increases self confidence with practice and experience in information seeking.
  • Recognizes that the information search process is evolutionary and changes during the course of investigation.
  • Knows that careful and attentive scrutiny of information tools and resources is essential to success.
  • Appreciates that information literacy requires an ongoing involvement with learning and information technologies so that independent lifelong learning is possible.

Services that address core competencies

*Rubrics for Assessing Information Competence in the California State University
Prepared by the CSU Information Competence Initiative