Statement on Information Literacy
President Barack Obama has declared October National Information Literacy Awareness Month! Read the complete proclamation.
As a campus partner in the educational mission of the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University Libraries promotes information literacy through instructional programs designed to foster a sense of research independence within a collaborative learning environment.
Our mission is to help members of the campus community develop their conceptual understanding of information and information sources, as well as obtain information retrieval and analysis skills appropriate for their individual levels of scholarship and research needs. The learning objectives of our instruction programs are directly linked to the campus' Student Digital Literacy Goals.
Using a curricular-integration approach, University Libraries faculty and staff provide researchers with the conceptual understanding and technical skills necessary to:
- identify the ways in which knowledge is disseminated, organized and acquired;
- access the wide spectrum of information resources made available to the campus community;
- locate needed information through the construction and implementation of search strategies; and
- evaluate retrieved information and information sources in all formats.
Current University Libraries information literacy initiatives include:
- course-integrated research seminars for Program for Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) first-year courses
- RIOT @ CU BOULDER (Research Instruction Online Tutorial) for PWR first-year students
- drop-in research assistance center for students enrolled in WRTG courses
- research instruction sessions to targeted courses throughout the campus curriculum
- credit courses taught in the College of Music, the Department of Geological Sciences, and the Department of Theatre & Dance
- course-integrated library sessions for Leeds School of Business Profiles in Business and Society Program
For more information about University Libraries information literacy initiatives, please contact Caroline Sinkinson, Instruction Coordinator.