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Library Instruction at IUP: Information Literacy and Strategic Planning

Alignment with the IUP Strategic Plan

The IUP Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020

Goal 1 of the IUP Strategic Plan: Provide innovative academic programs of high quality and value.‚Äč
Strategy 4: Strengthen IUP’s academic value to students.

Tactic 1: Reaffirm IUP's commitment to a curriculum that develops critical thinking, effective communication, personal responsibility, and a passion for lifelong learning.
Tactic 2: Engage IUP's community of teacher-scholars to strengthen undergraduate education through faculty professional development and innovative classroom practices.
Tactic 3: Enhance undergraduate and graduate student learning through technology that augments face-to-face and peer-learning experiences.
Tactic 4: Coordinate IUP's online instructional presence and address regulatory/policy developments related to distance learning.

Alignment with the IUP Libraries Road Map

The IUP Libraries Road Map 2016 - 2021 set the following goal relating to information literacy. Strategies for achieving that goal are listed below along with yearly reports that show our progress toward this goal.

GOAL # 4: Enhance the Libraries’ instructional initiatives by developing a robust Information Literacy program which addresses the specific information literacy needs of academic departments, the IUP community and the Indiana community at large.

Strategy 4.1: Examine and promote current high value evidence-based practices in information literacy instruction.

Strategy 4.2: Promote integrated information literacy strategies to academic departments.

Strategy 4.3: Examine current distance education library support, and enhance this where appropriate and need it.

Strategy 4.4: Explore opportunities for community focused information literacy instruction in collaboration with local agencies

Information Literacy in the IUP Curriculum

The IUP Libraries instruction program has focused on integrating information literacy into the liberal studies program.  This happens mainly through instruction sessions in the required ENGL 101 and ENGL 202 courses.  We highly encourage departments to work with their subject librarian to identify upper level research courses in which students can learn specialized research skills, as well.  Our efforts to integrate information literacy across the curriculum are summarized in the reports above.