Program mission statement
The information literacy program of O’Grady Library serves to support the
academic curriculum of Saint Martin’s University. We will empower students
to develop their critical thinking skills in the location and evaluation of
information, support their creative expression with access to advanced
communication technologies, and deepen their understanding of the principles
of intellectual property and academic integrity.
We undertake this service in a spirit of respect for the individual path
of inquiry and discovery required of each scholar. Through our efforts we
intend to build a relationship between each student and the community of
libraries that will support their development as lifelong learners.
Program goals, objectives and outcomes
The information literate student of St. Martin’s:
Has Knowledge of:
- The range of print, online, and in-person information sources
appropriate to disciplinary research.
- The distinctions between scholarly and popular materials.
- The resources and services specific to academic libraries.
Has the Skills to:
- Conduct effective searches through keywords, subject headings
and applied limitations across catalogs, databases, and search
- Evaluate all information sources, including internet sites, for
validity, authority, sufficiency and timeliness.
- Synthesize new and prior information in support of an argument
- Employ technology to locate, create, manipulate, and disseminate
information in a variety of formats.
Has the Disposition to:
- Understand the principles of plagiarism, intellectual property,
and the importance of proper citation in producing work of academic
integrity as a contributing member of the community of scholars.
- Feel confident and comfortable in approaching library personnel
for research assistance and undertaking research objectives.
- Establish a life-long, active relationship with libraries in
one’s personal, professional, and academic communities.