Faculty Information Literacy Survey

 

The ability to find and use "good" information is an increasingly important skill for students in higher education. Typically, librarians determine whether or not a student is "information literate" based on their ability to:

 

         Determine when information is needed

         Access information quickly and efficiently

         Evaluate information sources critically

         Incorporate information into ones knowledge base

         Use information to accomplish a specific purpose

         Understand and use information ethically and legally

 

The following 10-question anonymous survey asks you to examine the way students are required to use information in your classes, and how you go about instructing them in this area. Your responses will be critical in helping the library and the Composition Committee understand your needs and the needs of your students now and in the future.

 

1. How do you define “information literacy"


The following four questions refer to the level of information literacy competency

students in your class need to be successful. 4 indicates high need, 1 indicates low need

 

2. In my class, students must be able to independently define and articulate a need

for information.

 

High Need                                                            Low Need

4           3            2             1

3. I require my students to find and use information from sources such as books, journals, databases, etc.

 

High Need                                                            Low Need

4           3            2             1

 

4. In my class, students must be able to evaluate information and its sources

critically.

 

High Need                                                            Low Need

4           3            2             1

 

5. In my class, students must be able to synthesize, utilize, and communicate

information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

 

High Need                                                            Low Need

4           3            2             1

 

6. What methods do you use to help your students learn the skills in the above questions?

 

 

7. What criteria or methods do you use to evaluate your students?proficiency in these skills?

 

 

8. Approximately what percentage of your students have the basic computer skills

required to use electronic information sources?

 

0-20% of students have the necessary computer skills

21%-40% of students have the necessary computer skills

41%-60% of students have the necessary computer skills

61%-80% of students have the necessary computer skills

81%-100% of students have the necessary computer skills

Unknown

 9. Do you require students to use e-mail or the web (including products like WebCT) for your classes?

Email

The Web

Email and the Web

Neither email nor the Web

10. Do you think students would benefit from having a library orientation/research component in each of the English composition courses, from 1539 through 1551?

 

Yes  No

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