Egan Library and Information Literacy
The Egan Library’s information literacy instruction program contributes to the student learning, research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University of Alaska Southeast and supports the Egan Library’s Mission by promoting information literacy through both the University curriculum and Library services in order to help students evaluate and efficiently use library and other information resources and to become independent critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Information literacy skills are essential to students’ academic and personal lives, as they enable individuals to identify and locate relevant, reliable information in an increasingly changing and unfiltered information environment.
Information literacy outcomes – Egan Library
Librarians assist the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Alaska Southeast, in addition to the public, in developing the skills that enable individuals to:*
- Determine the extent of information needed
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluate information and its sources critically
- Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
- Use 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
Information Literacy Program
Information literacy, which is one of the Undergraduate Competencies, is the “set of abilities requiring individuals to ‘recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information,’” according to the Association of College and Research Libraries. The instruction program at Egan Library aims to develop the information literacy skills of students both in the face-to-face and e-Learning environments. Instruction at Egan Library consists of:
- On-demand research help through a variety of channels
- Personal research consultations by appointment
- Course-related instruction sessions (both face-to-face and in the E-Learning environment) by faculty librarians
- Librarians collaborate with faculty to provide information literacy instruction in-class that is related to a specific subject and/or assignment
- Credit-bearing classes by faculty librarians
If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Wilkes, Information Literacy Librarian.
*From The Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.