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Library Instruction plan and mission statement for Transylvania University

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Helen Bischoff
Transylvania University Library
300 N. Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy, in a nutshell, is the ability to identify a knowledge gap and figure out how to fill that gap ethically, efficiently, and effectively. Information literacy instruction reaches across all disciplines and levels.  At Transy, students will learn how information is organized and searched. They will also be instructed in how to identify, locate, and evaluate the best sources of information to satisfy a given need.

Library Goal

Our goal is to help students build knowledge and research skills incrementally throughout their four year experience at Transy and that will serve them well when they move on to graduate school or professional work. 

How will information literacy skills help me?

Information literacy skills aren't just used for academic purposes, such as research papers and group presentations. They are also used on the job.  Employers desire people who can navigate the sea of information available, select the most useful or relevant information, and use that information to improve goods and services. Consumer decisions also require us to think critically and spend wisely. Deciding which car or which vacuum cleaner to purchase has an impact on life quality. Besides, an informed citizenry is vital to a healthy democracy. Understanding the issues and having the ability to separate fact from fiction benefits society.