Shared Responsibility in Teaching

Information Competency

"Incorporating information literacy across curricula, in all programs and services, and throughout the administrative life of the university, requires the collaborative efforts of faculty, librarians, and administrators. Through lectures and by leading discussions, faculty establish the context for learning. Faculty also inspire students to explore the unknown, offer guidance on how best to fulfill information needs, and monitor students’ progress. Academic librarians coordinate the evaluation and selection of intellectual resources for programs and services; organize, and maintain collections and many points of access to information; and provide instruction to students and faculty who seek information. Administrators create opportunities for collaboration and staff development among faculty, librarians, and other professionals who initiate information literacy programs, lead in planning and budgeting for those programs, and provide ongoing resources to sustain them."

Source: The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

Librarian/Instructor Shared Responsibility Chart

I.C. Standard

Identify Need

Student will be able to recognizes when information is needed by identifying and narrowing a topic and articulating a viable research question

Starts with the instructor and reinforced by the librarian.

Access Resources

Student will be able to develops effective research strategies by selecting appropriate search tools (e.g., catalogs, databases, indexes, search engines, human experts) and using effective search techniques to locates and retrieves needed information in a variety of formats

The librarian usually leads with faculty support

Evaluate Sources

Student will be able to critically evaluate the quality and appropriateness of the information, using such factors as currency, reliability, accuracy, point of view/bias, credibility of author/sponsoring organization, and relevancy and sufficiency for the assignment

The librarian may lead initially; instructor makes the ultimate determination from students’' work or performance
Organize and Use Information

Student will be able to effectively communicate and document information by synthesizing information obtained, developing outlines and drafts in a format suitable for the audience and purpose of assignment

Instructor leads in classroom; student may consult librarians
Use information legally and ethically Students are able to understand the concept of plagiarism, cite work effectively using a standard citation format

Instructor and librarian jointly and continuously reinforce and support. Faculty make the ultimate determination from students' work or performance.