The mission of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) Library’s Information Literacy program reflects and supports the ECTC mission and the mission of the KCTCS college libraries (KCTCS Administrative Policies and Procedures 4.1.1). The mission of ECTC’s Information Literacy (IL) program is to support teaching and learning for students, faculty, and staff across the curriculum. Our mission is to teach students to think critically and successfully use information for their academic, professional, and personal lives. We strive to prepare individuals with the knowledge to identify, locate, evaluate, and engage with information effectively and ethically by teaching 21st century information literacy skills.
According to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy, “information literacy is a set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”
Information Literacy Goals
An information literate individual is able to:
KCTCS General Education Competencies related to information literacy:
Students should prepare for twenty-first century challenges by gaining: B. Intellectual and practical skills, including
ECTC Goals & Outcomes:
The information literate student should be able to:
A variety of formal and informal tools and techniques will be used to assess information literacy instruction and outcomes including: pre/post tests, library assignments, source evaluation, peer evaluation, and in-class assessments. The goal of assessment is to:
The following information is communicated to faculty members via the library website, campus email, and other forms of communication.
Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend library instruction classes and actively participate so that students understand the direct connection between information literacy skills and their course content. Faculty input, collaboration, and reflection is also an integral part of information literacy program assessment.
Please schedule classes at least five business days in advance for main campus classes and ten business days in advance for satellite campus, dual credit, or on-line classes. Although every effort will be made to accommodate your preferred date, requests are first-come, first-served and based on availability. Information literacy instruction or library orientations are normally conducted during the regularly scheduled class time.
Library instruction sessions will be taught in your regularly scheduled classroom, unless a computer classroom is needed for hands-on activities. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to request a computer classroom by submitting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request a library instructional session, please use the Library Instruction Request Form or contact Katie Meyer, email@example.com, 270-706-8443.
A librarian will contact the course instructor to discuss the content covered, assignments, opportunities for collaboration and confirm the date, time, and place for the class.
When scheduling a class, please supply the assignment associated with the IL instruction class. Information literacy instruction is most effective when given in conjunction with a specific course assignment. If no formal assignment is given, the librarian can work with course instructors to create an assignment based on IL competencies. Information literacy sessions and supplemental workshops cover topics such as:
If you cannot fit a library instruction session in your class schedule consider requiring or offering extra credit to students who attend one of our open workshops. This might also serve as a backup option for students who are absent during a scheduled library instruction session.
Librarians can work with you to create a research guide (LibGuide) which can support general, discipline-specific research sources or can be tailored to specific courses, research assignments, or topics covered in your class. If interested in a research guide, contact Katie Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org.