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A Definition of Information Literacy

Information literacy is a series of critical thinking skills that guides an individual through the process of collecting and using information.  The process involves determining a need for information, identifying possible sources, and developing search strategies to locate the appropriate information.  Further, information literacy offers a framework to evaluate and use this information to accomplish a specific purpose.

In an information-intensive world, information literacy enables individuals to master content, refine and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.

An information literate student is able to satisfy these outcomes:

  • Determine the type and extent of information needed;
  • Choose from a variety of sources and formats to select and access the information effectively;
  • Evaluate the information and its sources for appropriateness and credibility;
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base;
  • Use the information effectively to accomplish an identified purpose;
  • Understand the economic and social issues surrounding the use of the information;
  • Use the information ethically and legally.

Adopted from the Association of College and Research Libraries: “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education”

RVCC Information Literacy Assessment

  • The Information LiteracyAssessment is an online course in Blackboard.
  • The Library Director adds all incoming students into the information literacy assessment.
  • It does not affect GPA or appear on official transcripts.
  • The quiz is a 29 question multiple choice quiz on basic research skills. Scores are available immediately, as is feedback for the students.
  • In the course, all one needs to do is click on the "take the test" menu item. There is the TILT tutorial available as well in Blackboard for your review of college level research. The TILT tutorial reviews what you need to know to successfully take the Information literacy Assessment.
  • The test can be retaken if necessary.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the library at jallen@ccsnh.edu

Who has to take it? All students entering River Valley Community College are encouraged to take the assessment.

How is it assessed? Students take an online assessment through the college's Blackboard course management system. The test is available on an ongoing basis. The test will be available 24 hours a day and is accessible from anywhere you can log into your Blackboard account. The assessment tests students on their understanding of the concepts embodied in information literacy. The test is 28 questions long, is mostly in multiple-choice format, and requires students to visit websites, evaluate resources, and use analytical skills to answer questions.

How difficult is the test? The test is designed to ensure that all students meet a common, basic level of competency in information literacy. There is an information literacy tutorial called “TILT” available in Blackboard as well as on the college’s website. The questions that students seem to have the most trouble with are the ones that ask them to look at and evaluate resources like books or websites. So being observant and taking your time will help you do better.

How do I know my score? When you finish the test, you will see a message along these lines: "You answered 26 out of 29 questions correctly."

 

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