The Library’s information skills curriculum fosters the development of independent thinkers capable of analyzing, evaluating, and creating knowledge with expertise and flexibility in their careers and lives. We support the Stonehill community by cultivating the ability to use information responsibly within a fluid technological and social environment.
The Library’s information skills curriculum [program?] fosters the development of independent thinkers capable of analyzing, evaluating and creating information with expertise and flexibility in their careers and life. We support Stonehill's diverse community [the whole person?] by cultivating students’ ability to use information responsibly within a fluid technological and social environment.
DRAFT TWO (2/22/16):
The Library’s information literacy program fosters independent thinkers capable of analyzing, evaluating and creating information with self-confidence and adaptability in their careers and life. We support the whole person by facilitating students’ ability to use information responsibly within a fluid technological and social environment.
Valuing a diverse community, the Library’s information fluency program fosters independent thinkers capable of analyzing, evaluating and creating information with self-confidence and adaptability in their careers and life. We support the whole person by facilitating students’ ability to use information responsibly within a fluid technological and social environment.
Phrase/word we haven’t worked in:
Within our diverse community
Within a diverse community
Supporting a diverse community
Working within a diverse community
Potential alternatives/synonyms/active phrasing to begin with:
Other question is:
Information literacy vs metaliteracy vs. information fluency (where do we want to position ourselves on that spectrum of terminology?)
Information literacy isn't about the library but rather about how users are able to navigate through information in their life, and when to use information no matter where it comes from.
Is this next list more our goals/outcomes?
question received ideas; engage with the scholarly debate; develop their own opinions/positions; embrace uncertainty of the research process; develop new perspectives; free inquiry; navigate challenging situations with resilience and perseverance
William Perry: "knowledge is an ongoing, unfolding, evolving activity"
Fostering engagement through intentional/sequenced learning
Responsibly: covers a lot of ground so we want this in there
Contributing [to the development of; awkward/wordy] responsible, independent/autonomous thinkers [capable of/confident in, want something that connotes both of these things] finding, using, and creating information in their careers and life.
We do want a reference to the whole person.
WHAT ARE WE CALLING OURSELVES?
Reference department? Information literacy program? Information fluency program?
DRAFT ONE TEXT:
The Library supports the development of the whole person through an intentional information fluency program that fosters students’ ability to use information responsibly within a fluid technological environment. Working with a diverse community of people and ideas, we teach students the self-confidence and problem solving skills to approach challenging situations in their lives and careers with resilience, adaptability, and flexibility.
Not in this wording: “mental map,” “free inquiry,” “transformation,” “new perspectives” [Accept ambiguity (but request was for ‘better phrasing’)]
Please add your ideas here for how we can synthesize the information in the box above into a succinct mission statement! You can also put ideas here for your response to "What are we calling ourselves?"
I added these questions to help focus on what might be included.
What do we do?
Provide [relevant research skills] in a rapidly changing technological environment. Assist in the development of the necessary [skills] which will foster independent, responsible and adaptable consumers of information.
For whom do we do it?
Student, faculty, staff and those associated with Stonehill College.
What is the benefit?
Being able to identify resources, decipher and use information to develop opinions, initiate thinking to assist in being responsible and caring individuals.
Here are some ideas:
The core mission of the MacPhaidin Library Information Literacy program is to develop independent thinkers capable of finding, using, and creating information in their careers and life.
The program fosters the ability to independently and ethically identify, select, analyze and evaluate information in a rapidly changing technological environment.
Referring to the draft:
...within a fluid technological and social environment.
Reads in part:
“The Southern Oregon University Hannon Library's Information Literacy and Instruction Program serves students, faculty, and staff by supporting the instructional mission of the Library and the University. Our mission is to teach students to think critically and use information for their academic, professional, and personal lives--helping them define information needs, then locate, evaluate, and use all available information resources effectively and responsibly.”
Reads in Part:
“The core mission of the Mark O. Hatfield Library instruction program is to prepare Willamette students to be successful information seekers and critical consumers in a rapidly changing technological environment. Our commitment to the concept of information literacy is structured after the Academic College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Standards. It also aligns with Willamette's Mission Statement and the Mark O. Hatfield Library Mission Statement.”
Reads in Part:
“Providing high-quality instructional materials and services that foster diverse learners’ information literacy competencies; these competencies, which include the ability to articulate an information need, and to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically, provide a foundation for lifelong learning and for success in the classroom, the workplace, and civic life.”
“Purdue University Libraries’ research-based information literacy programming empowers Purdue’s diverse communities of learners to use information critically to learn and to create new knowledge, fostering academic, personal, and professional success.”
I think this is too wordy, but I do like that it talks about primary modes of instruction and focuses on the ideas of fluidity and independence.
Shorter (still probably too long, and seems based on the standards, but I like the first and final sentences)
Good links between instruction mission statement, clear goals, and program offerings.