Seton Hill University defines information-fluent students as those who make intelligent choices when gathering information in support of a chosen topic.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
1919 - Middle States Commission emphasized the importance of libraries in colleges and universities
1994 - Introduced the term Information Literacy as a standard for accreditation
2000*- Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) published The Information Competency Standards for Higher Education
2016 - ACRL adopted the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
*This document significantly influenced the task force that developed Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education, the 2002 standards for accreditation of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Information-Fluent students are able to:
The information fluency assessment rubrics developed by the librarians and the former Information Literacy Committee are used by faculty to evaluate the information fluency content of the courses they teach. The rubrics are completed as part of the program review process and when new courses are developed to ensure that information fluency is being integrated in all parts of the curriculum.
Effective research assignments offer students an opportunity to learn and practice information fluency skills. Over time these projects enable students to develop effective research strategies that often result in a commitment to lifelong learning.
The librarians have created a guide for creating effective research assignments and for troubleshooting assignments that tend to result in disappointing student research products. You can find our suggestions and more resources here:
To schedule an in-class information fluency session, please contact your division liaison librarian.
All Composition & Culture classes should be scheduled through Kelly Clever at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 830-1174.
Library sessions must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance so that we can work with you to develop an effective presentation, online guide, and evaluation plan. Please provide a preferred and an alternate date.
Please be prepared to share the following information with us:
* A copy of your project or assignment, including the due date and any special requirements
* A copy of the course syllabus
* Information fluency skill suggestions such as:
- Research level—100/200 level, 300/400 level
- Information fluency skills for focus (e.g., source evaluation)
* Library resource preference—if applicable
- Specific databases
- Print collections
* Number of students in the class
* Room setup
The presence and involvement of faculty in the planning and teaching of a library session is critical for success. Students are more engaged when the instructor participates in the session.