ACRL’s Information Literacy Standards
- Determine the extent of information needed
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluate information & its sources critically
- Incorporate selected information into one’s own knowledge base
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- Understand the economic, social, & legal issues surrounding the use of information
- Access and use information ethically & legally
We had junior and senior undergraduates in mind for this survey. The rankings seemed to be all over the place without too much consensus. The only two standards that a majority seemed to agree upon were the last two. Eight of the nine ranked Standard #6 a six (6) or a seven (7). We tallied the rankings, so the rank each received added up for points toward that standard. Like golf, the lowest point total wins as the standard our librarians considered that students had mastered the best. Here are some of the results:
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose = 24 points (ACRL Standard 5)
- Determine the extent of information needed = 26 points (ACRL Standard 1)
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently = 27 points (ACRL Standard 2)
- Incorporate selected information into one’s own knowledge base = 31 points (ACRL Standard 4)
- Evaluate information & its sources critically = 39 points (ACRL Standard 3)
- Access and use information ethically & legally = 47 points (ACRL Standard 7)
- Understand the economic, social, & legal issues surrounding the use of information = 52 (ACRL Standard 6)
Of course, at least one librarian filled the "maverick" or "outlier" role by ranking Standard 6 number one (1). This same librarian may have been the one who ranked Standard 7 dead last with a seven (7). This "maverick" librarian may have been the one who was grading student papers last night, or perhaps she was grading bibliographies, which certainly indicates that librarians' perceptions may certainly differ from instructors' perceptions, who assess student work and work with students through the whole process.
Following this ranking exercise, the handout asked us to identify which standard or competency that students believe they have mastered more than the others. A unanimous vote for Standard number two (2). Librarians perceive that students think they are excellent searchers. A Google mindset means that they think they can find anything and everything when provided a search box or a browser at least.
When asked which standard we as librarians feel we address the best in our instruction sessions, we responded with Standard 2. We mainly focus on accessing the information, including demonstrating the mechanics of our catalog and databases. With only 50 minutes we must show them where to go in order to find the articles or books for their research project.
Idaho State University librarians (at least the two-thirds in attendance today), maintained that focusing on accessing information efficiently and effectively, as well as evaluating information and its sources critically (Standards 2 & 3), should continue to be emphasized during library instruction sessions.
View the PowerPoint presentation (ACRL Info Lit Standards) from the instruction meeting, which includes the results of the voting. My Slideshare account provides access to other presentations as well.