What is an Information Literacy Program?

FGCU Library Services
"Mission: the mission of the library's Information Literacy Program is to develop learner expertise in searching for, analyzing, evaluating, and managing the information needed for use in academic, personal, and professional life."

There are two clear tiers. The first looks at meeting the immediate and important FGCU general education programs. The second tier aims to develop deeper, more unique sets of skills for the student/scholar/learner, but most importantly seeks to develop the "researcher." As I see it, you are a researcher first"80%.this value you being a researcher," and then a professional "%20.this value=the name of your field."

Simply, you are a researcher first, then a nurse, coder, social psychologist, sys admin, grants writer, veterinarian, management consultant, or a comptroller second. Without the deft ability to use the ever-increasing ammalgamated sources of information and their search tools to solve increasingly time-constrained problems, you're going to be in serious trouble. Information literacy isn't talking about mastering MS Office. As we discuss this below, perhaps we're really talking about: Information Fluency at FGCU.

To wit:
your job isn't going to ask less of you; your life won't ask less of you; and the world's problems which are your problems, aren't going to ask less of you -only more.

Further more:
"Executive Summary | Being Fluent with Information Technology: "Generally, 'computer literacy' has acquired a 'skills' connotation, implying competency with a few of today's computer applications, such as word processing and e-mail. Literacy is too modest a goal in the presence of rapid change, because it lacks the necessary 'staying power.' As the technology changes by leaps and bounds, existing skills become antiquated and there is no migration path to new skills. A better solution is for the individual to plan to adapt to changes in the technology. This involves learning sufficient foundational material to enable one to acquire new skills independently after one's formal education is complete."

This is a brilliant statement:

Articles: "There is also another, very human problem to overcome: that most people don't understand computers or software, but have memorized only the keystrokes and mouseclick patterns they need to get through the day, so the second they are given a new program they need to memorize a whole new set. This is not an OS-to-OS migration problem per se, but one that can crop up any time a new piece of software is introduced in a workplace environment. But then, because Dave and Mike aren't constantly running around fixing PCs, they have time to train people and answer users' questions, a luxury they would not have if they were fighting Windows problems all day long."

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