Library Committee Handbook

User Education Committee

January 13, 2003 Meeting

User Education Committee
University of Illinois Library

January 13, 2003

10:00-11:00
Library 428

Members Present

Members Absent

Information Literacy Competency Standards

Three sets of standards were reviewed for adoption or adaptation. In addition, creating a new set of competency standards was discussed.

The committee discussed the positive and negative aspects of each proposed set of standards. The committee found that the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education http://www.ala.org/acrl/ilcomstan.html possessed well-defined, process-oriented information.

The committee chose to exclude the Information Power http://www.ala.org/aasl/ip_nine.html standards because of its primary use in K-12 settings. However, the committee will use the Information Power standards as a resource.

The committee found that the Model Statement of Objectives for Academic Bibliographic Instruction http://www.ala.org/acrl/ilcomstan.html encompasses the user's social responsibility and provides an excellent statement of cognitive outcomes and concepts, however it lacks comprehensiveness in that it is focused solely on academic information issues.

Paul suggested three criteria for evaluating competency standards: scalability, exhaustibility, and communicability. The committee agreed with the criteria.

The committee decided to create a general statement that would include principles from both the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the Model Statement of Objectives for Academic Bibliographic Instruction. This document would refer readers to both original documents. The general statement would include: an overview of both standards and why one would use both, a conceptual framework, performance-oriented learning objectives, and an indication of best uses for each.

Lisa will create such a document for committee approval.

Karen suggested that the newly created document and its outcomes be discussed at a future User Education lunch. The committee agreed.

Respectfully submitted,
Ely Anderson