In May 2013, the University at Albany’s Undergraduate Academic Council approved the following General Education Information Literacy learning objectives, which were heavily influenced by the metaliteracy learning objectives that can be seen on this site. As of fall 2014, each department must attest that students in their major(s) have met these learning objectives.
Competency: Information Literacy
INFORMATION LITERACY: Information literate individuals are able to gather, evaluate, use, manage, synthesize, and create information and data in an ethical manner. They also understand the dynamic environment in which information and data are created, handled, and enhanced. Students demonstrate information literacy through finding information from appropriate sources; evaluating, using and managing information; and appreciating the role of information literacy in learning. Learning is understood here as the constant search for meaning by acquiring information, reflecting on and engaging with it, and actively applying it in multiple contexts. To this end, each academic major will offer increasingly sophisticated research assignments that rely upon diverse information sources. Students will find, process, evaluate, and cite information sources, creating and sharing information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources in a form appropriate to the discipline.
Students completing educational experiences that satisfy the Information Literacy competency as part of the requirements for graduation in the major will:
- understand the information environment and information needs in the discipline in today’s society, including the organization of and access to information, and select the most appropriate strategies, search tools, and resources for each unique information need;
- demonstrate the ability to evaluate content, including dynamic, online content if appropriate;
- conduct ethical practices in the use of information, in ways that demonstrate awareness of issues of intellectual property and personal privacy in changing technology environments;
- produce, share, and evaluate information in a variety of participatory environments;
- integrate learning and research strategies with lifelong learning processes and personal, academic, and professional goals.