Information Literacy Graduation Standard
What is the Information Literacy Graduation Standard?
The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees has instituted graduation standards for all Associate's and Bachelor's degree candidates. The overall objective of these standards is to provide assurance that VSC graduates have certain essential skills for success in the workplace and in life in general. For example, for the Vermont State Colleges, competency in information literacy means that upon graduation students will be able to:
- Define a research topic and locate the information needed
- Use a variety of print and electronic resources to acquire and organize information
- Evaluate the information and its sources critically
- Acknowledge and document the sources
Will I be taking a course in Information Literacy?
Information literacy instruction takes place in conjunction with your coursework throughout your time at Castleton. An introduction to library services and resources is a required part of the First-Year Seminar. Additionally, students in English Composition and Effective Speaking classes are often encouraged to use library services and resources in order to become more proficient in their use of academic learning materials. Lastly, as you progress through your major, your professors may incorporate library sessions to help you work with specialized databases and resources.
How will I demonstrate my proficiency?
Contact Coordinator of Placement and Graduation Standards Meredith Fletcher in the President’s office about the information literacy test and how to prepare.
How can I learn more about Information Literacy?
You can schedule an appointment with a librarian, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Ask A Librarian with any questions about information literacy topics.