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Information Literacy Progression Standards: The Story So Far. Jacqui DaCosta The College of New Jersey Eleonora Dubicki Monmouth University Gary Schmidt Ocean County College. Session Outline. Evolution of the standards The standards themselves What’s next.

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information literacy progression standards the story so far

Information Literacy Progression Standards: The Story So Far

Jacqui DaCostaThe College of New Jersey

EleonoraDubickiMonmouth University

Gary Schmidt Ocean County College

session outline
Session Outline
  • Evolution of the standards
  • The standards themselves
  • What’s next
what does lampitt mean to you
What does Lampitt mean to you?
  • Text-speak for switching on the lights?
  • The family from “The Beverly Hillbillies”?
  • A 2007 state law concerning the transfer of credits between two and four year colleges
general education requirements
General Education Requirements
  • Comprehensive State-Wide Transfer Agreement (NJ Presidents’ Council, September 2008)
  • General Education Foundation Course Categories
      • 4 – Technological Competency or Information Literacy

“Any course that emphasizes common computer

technology skills that helps students to access, process,

and present information. “

getting the gang together
Getting the gang together!
  • Sept 2008 - Charge from VALE Executive Committee to Shared Information Literacy Committee to create Progression Standards
  • Oct 2008 – Discussions with NJLA/ACRL (CUS) User Education Committee and the Central Jersey Academic Reference Librarians (CJARL)
task force
Task Force
  • Task Force formed – December 2008
  • 8 librarians (4 from two year colleges; 4 from four year colleges)
  • Aim was to produce:
    • Standards for students transferring from two to four year colleges
    • A document that faculty could embrace
    • A framework for institutions to customize
    • A blueprint for faculty/librarian collaboration
building the standards
Building the Standards
  • Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
  • SUNY-OswegoInformation Literacy Learning Outcomes for Undergraduates
  • Ideas and Best Practices fromOther Institutions
  • With our three professional groups
  • Within our own institutions:
    • Librarians
    • Faculty “critical friends”
  • NJLA Conference 2009 – program with approximately 30 attendees

Progression Standards BrochureGlossy version included in your conference program.Electronic version (.pdf) available on our wiki:

incorporating progression
Incorporating Progression
  • Two Levels
    • Introductory/Novice
    • Intended to be acquired upon completion of 30-32 credits
    • Gateway/Developing
    • Intended to be acquired upon completion of 60-64 credits
  • General Skills  Discipline Specific Skills



room to grow the future of the standards
Room to Grow: The Future of the Standards
  • K-12 students
  • First-year remedial / developmental students
  • Upper-level undergraduate
  • Graduate students
standards in practice
Standards in Practice
  • Flexibility: Allows effective integration of Information Literacy education into existing courses
  • Adaptability: Can be made relevant to virtually any discipline or subject area
  • Assessment: Alignment with Progression Standards provides a framework for assessment
standards in practice1
Standards in Practice
  • Opposing Viewpoints
    • Ideal for first year students
    • Develops essential research skills
    • Provides structure and creativity
    • Incorporate additional Literacies
standards in practice2
Standards in Practice
  • Citation Examination
    • Emphasizes both Introductory & Gateway skills
    • Deconstruct citation to locate resources
    • Recognize value of bibliographies
    • Incorporates technology
standards in practice3
Standards in Practice
  • Annotated Bibliography
    • Standalone element of traditional research papers
    • Focused on subject specific resources
    • Evaluation of selected sources
    • Demonstrate consistent use of a citation style
standards in practice4
Standards in Practice
  • More sample assignments are available on our wiki, including:
    • Research Process Paper
    • Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources within the Disciplines
    • Examining Bias
what s next
What’s next?

Action Plan covering:

  • Endorsements
  • Raising awareness with librarians and faculty
  • Best practices
  • VALE Executive Committee
  • VALE Directors
  • NJ Presidents’ Council
  • NJ Council of Community Colleges
  • Middle States
  • Academic Officers’ Assoc.
raising awareness
Raising Awareness
  • Conferences
    • NJ Edge
    • VALE
    • LILAC
  • Publications
    • Flyers
    • NJLA/CUS newsletters
  • Campus workshops
best practices
Best Practices
  • Wiki
    • Background
    • Standards
    • Best practices
    • Sample assignments
  • Webinars/podcasts
  • How-to-use the standards programs