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Information Literacy

An information literate graduate:

  • Recognises the need for information and determines the nature and extent of information needed
  • Finds needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Critically evaluates information and the information seeking process
  • Manages information collected or generated
  • Applies prior and new information to construct new concepts or create new understandings
  • Uses information with understanding and acknowledges cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information.

These six elements are reflected in information literacy standards produced by a diverse range of organisations worldwide.

What are the benefits of information literacy skills for students?

In an information rich environment, all students at need the skills to both find information efficiently and to evaluate and manage information effectively. Information skills are essential to practicing evidence-based healthcare and to continuing professional development and life long learning. By equipping students with these skills early in their careers we are equipping them for life.

RCSI Library Information LiteracyTraining Programme

Information Literacy units are offered to academic programmes in all Schools. Content and learning activities will be customised to integrate with modules and coursework needs; scheduling can be adapted to timetable and venue requirements. Typical leaning activities include in-class or small group practicals and workshops. Details and examples of how information skills can be built into courses and programmes are available from the CONUL (Consortium of National & University Libraries) guide Integrating Information Literacy into the Curriculum, and the short guide.

Examples of current course content is available on the Moodle Course Information Seeking and Library Skills. This material is freely available to all Moodle users and we encourage course directors to link to these units from all relevant Moodle material. Please contact Lorna Flannery on 4022441 for further information.

The Library also offers individually customized tuition on database and websearching by appointment - please contact Lorna Flannery in the Mercer Library on 4022441 or Breffni Smith in Beaumont at 8092545.