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Library Instruction at IUP: Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Instruction

LIBR 151 Introduction to Information Literacy - 1 credit - Offered Each Semester

Prerequisite: None

Information literacy is the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively. These skills are essential to students while in college but also for success in their personal and professional lives after they have graduated. Students explore online, print, and non-print information resources and hone their information-seeking skills and knowledge as they relate to critical thinking, resource analysis, and the ethical and appropriate use of information and develop a base level of information literacy skills. (Titled Introduction to Library Resources prior to 2014-15). 

LIBR 152 Information Issues and Resources for Health Sciences- 1 credit - Offered Each Semester

Prerequisite: Enrollment in a health sciences major or minor

This one credit course provides an in-depth look at how information is used in the health sciences including a variety of resources both traditional and non-traditional, as well as the cost of that information, the availability of misinformation, evaluation techniques for evidence-based practice, and the role of the Institutional Review Board in health sciences research.  This course is recommended for health sciences students who will be taking a research-based course within their major.

LIBR 251 Information Access in the Digital Age - 2 credits

Prerequisite: None

Introduction to library research to equip the student with information literacy skills and to learn the basic foundations of research including correct citation methods, copyright and plagiarism. The course will aim to give the student conceptual and practical expertise as an information networker to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Basic knowledge of computer applications is helpful.

LIBR 201 Internet and Multimedia - 3 credits

Prerequisite: BEDU/COSC/IFMG 101 or prior exposure to word processing and electronic mail
The major focus will be on the evaluation of information and multimedia resources available on electronic networks when doing research in an area of one’s choice. This information literacy course is designed for students to gain a more in-depth understanding of the information resources available electronically and of how to utilize them more effectively in communicating. Students will learn how to access and utilize these resources for two-way communications and support for decision making while incorporating selected elements in multimedia presentations of their own design. (BEDU/COMM/COSC/IFMG/LIBR 201 may be used interchangeably for D or F repeats and may not be counted for duplicate credit.)

LIBR 281 Special Topics - 1-3 credits

Prerequisite: None
Special topics are offered on an experimental or temporary basis to explore topics that are not included in the established curriculum. A given topic may be offered under any special topic identity no more than three times. Special topics numbered 281 are offered primarily for lower-level undergraduate students.

LIBR 481 Special Topics - 1-3 Credits

Prerequisite: None
Special topics courses are offered on an experimental or temporary basis to explore topics that are not included in the established curriculum. A given topic may be offered under any special topic identity no more than three times. Special topics numbered 481 are primarily for upper-level undergraduate students.

LIBR 600 Bibliography of Music - 3 Credits 

Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Degree Program in Music
Introduces graduate students to various types of music, music literature, and bibliographical tools which exist and which may be used in research in music. As a project, students prepare an extensive annotated bibliography of a music subject within their special interest.