In 2008, at the University's request, the Library proposed a broad set of intended Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (ILLOs) for graduates of the coming 4-year UG program.
Based on the "Information Literacy Competency Standards" approved by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in the United States as well as the HKUST graduate attributes (ABC LIVE), these ILLOs encompass the ability to locate, evaluate, and use needed information effectively. The University agreed with the ILLOs, which are important for success in university, career and life.
What is Information Literacy
Information literacy is defined as a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (American Library Association)
Because of the increasing complexity of information formats, dissemination channels and collaborative ways of creating information, information literacy is becoming a highly sought after attribute of university graduates.
Library's Intended Learning Outcomes for Graduates
||Library's Intended Learning Outcomes for graduates
- The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
- The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
- The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
- The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
- The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
- Articulate their information needs.
- Identify potential information sources.
- Select the most appropriate tools to retrieve relevant information.
- Understand the characteristics of different tools and construct effective search strategies.
- Understand how information is produced, organized and disseminated.
- Examine and compare information and sources to determine reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view or bias, and suitability for their information needs.
- Understand issues related to privacy, security, censorship, intellectual property and copyright so as to obtain, store, use and disseminate information responsibly.
- Become self reliant (comfortable and confident) in information literacy skills in different research environments.
- Apply information literacy skills for life-long learning in personal and professional development.
Note: Based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, information literacy standards for Science & Engineering/Technology were later developed; as these disciplines require that students demonstrate competency not only in written assignments and research papers but also in unique areas such as experimentation, laboratory research, and mechanical drawing.