Information Competency Plan
for the California Community Colleges
Information Competency Standards and Resolutions
Cal Poly Pomona Academic Senate. Resolution on Information Competence, What is Information Competence? and from the ACRL Statement of Objectives for Academic Bibliographic Instruction. 1977. 3 p.
- CARL Task Force to Recommend an Information Literacy Standard to WASC. Draft Recommendations to WASC on an Information Literacy Standard. September 1997. 2 p.
- Los Angeles Unified School District. Student Learning Standards. Language Arts. n.d.
- National Information Literacy Initiative (NILI). Includes a useful 6-page bibliography on the topic. Last updated 11/10/97. Access: http://www.ala.acrl/nili/nilihp.html.
- National Information Literacy Initiative (NILI) Announcements. Post ALA Midwinter Forum on the topic of a National Information Literacy Initiative. Last updated 11/10/97.
Association of American School Librarians (AASL)/Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT) National Guidelines Vision Committee. Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning, Draft #5. October 7, 1996.
- Education Council for Technology in Learning. Recommendations Regarding Technology-Based Content and Performance Standards. California Department of Education, Educational Technology Office, July 8, 1996.
California Library Association. Public Policy - Empowering Users. Adopted by Assembly November 14, 1995.
Standards for Community, Junior and Technical College Learning Resources Programs. (The final version approved by ACRL, ALA and AECT in 1994).
American Association of School Librarians. Position Statement on Information Literacy: A position paper on information problem solving. 1993. Developed by the Wisconsin Educational Media Association and endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Adopted by the National Forum on Information Literacy, an umbrella group of 60 organizations.
ACRL/BIS Task Force. Model Statement of Objectives for Academic Bibliographic Instruction. 7 p. and ACRL. Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries. 3 p.
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Instruction in California Community Colleges: the Information Competency Component
Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges began to coordinate the college system's library and learning resources programs and services in 1989
Coordinated Efforts to Identify and Advance Instruction Issues
- Task Force (1990-1992) recommends the Instruction goal to "promote library and learning resources programs as a means of enhancing the teaching and learning process and promotion of intellectual growth." Gita Satyendra-Holland, Saddelback College, Chair
- Intersegmental Joint Faculty Project, 1992-1993. Bibliographic Instruction/Information Literacy: Articulation between the Community Colleges. California State University's and University of California Systems. San Diego Mesa College, Karen Kaye, Project Director
- Intersegmental Joint Faculty Project, 1994-1995. Basic Library and Information Competencies: A unified State-Wide Approach, City College of San Francisco, Inez Cohen, Project Director
- Intersegmental Joint Faculty Project 1995-1996. Intersegmental Articulation Bibliographic Instruction Courses, City College of San Francisco, Fiscal Agent
Information Competency: A Status Report to the Board of Governors, California Community Colleges, March 1996.
- The report replied to the Board of Governors policy questions: What should be the basic guiding principles for education planning in the next decade? The report reviewed developments in the field of information competency and identified steps to be undertaken by the college system in order to further policy discussions and development.
System Responses to Information Competency Initiatives
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Information Competency Plan Project Meetings
Information Competency Ad Hoc Advisory Committee meetings
October 27, 1997 - Conference call
- November 5, 1997 - Conference call
- December 15, 1997 - Meeting, Laney College, Oakland
- March 13, 1998 - Conference call
- May 15, 1998 - Meeting, City College of San Francisco
Five regional workshops (139 participants from 67 colleges, plus representatives from CSU, George Mason University and one high school library)
- February 20, 1998 - Library Regional Workshop, Foothill College
- February 23, 1998 - Library Regional Workshop, College of the Sequoias
- February 24, 1998 - Library Regional Workshop, Chico
- March 2, 1998 - Library Regional Workshop, Riverside Community College
- March 3, 1998 - Library Regional Workshop, LA Pierce College
- February 27, 1998 - Faculty Assoc. of Calif. Community Colleges Conference, Pasadena
- March 4, 1998 - Chief Student Services Officer, Palm Springs
- March 11, 1998 - Chief Executive Officers, Pasadena
- March 18, 1998 - Chief Instructional Officers, Sacramento
- March 20, 1998 - Calif. Student Assoc. of Community Colleges, Sacramento
- March 27, 1998 - Council of Chief Librarians, Glendale
- March 27, 1998 - Faculty Assoc. of Calif. Community Colleges, Santa Monica College
- March 28, 1998 - Academic Senate Board, San Francisco
- April 1, 1998 - Chancellor's Office & CCC 7th Annual Conference, Palm Springs
- April 3, 1998 - Library & Learning Resources Programs Advisory Board, Palm Springs
- April 23, 1998 - Academic Senate Spring Session, San Francisco
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Information Competency Sample Models
This appendix makes extensive use of a workshop presentation: Bibliographic Instruction at the Rosenberg Library, City College of San Francisco by Elmer Jan and Inez Cohen, CCSF faculty librarians.
General Orientation Model
- A general orientation model emphasizing the basic skills necessary to find information in today's electronic environment, focusing on
- search options available on an OPAC,
- using print indices and electronic databases to find citations for periodical articles and
- resources on the worldwide web and elsewhere.
- City College of San Francisco, which has a large ESL population, has developed an ESL Pre-Library Orientation assignment to acquaint upper level ESL students with the terms and vocabulary used in the orientations; for lower level ESL students, the Reference Department offers one-hour class orientations to the library.
Related Courses Using City College of San Francisco Examples
General Education Model
- A one-unit course on using books and libraries, a required course for two campus programs, and fulfilling the San Francisco State University library requirement.
- Library Information Technology 10: Introduction to Books and Libraries, a one-unit self-paced course.
- Library Information Technology 51: Introduction to Books and Libraries, a three-unit course providing a general introduction to librarianship.
- Library Information Technology 57: Internet research strategies, a two-unit course teaching students how to formulate search strategies and use Internet access tools to identify appropriate sources to retrieve information, as well as how to critically compare and evaluate information found on the Internet with other sources.
- Formal instruction for faculty, administration and staff is an integral part of the bibliographic instruction program. Each semester a series of workshops is provided as part of staff development. This combines an orientation on the more traditional library resources with a spectrum of electronic resources. This program assists in
- motivating instructors to successfully incorporate information competency in classroom instruction,
- keeping faculty informed about the new library materials and technologies available for research,
- offering support in designing successful assignments, particularly in light of the volatility of the electronic environment; and
- encouraging classroom and library faculties to find opportunities to work collaboratively in developing information competency skills across the curriculum.
Major Area Model
- As stated in the Academic Senate report, "because the ability to use information effectively and wisely is crucial to a student's success in higher education, it seems natural to incorporate information competency into the general education curriculum required for all students. It could be added as a separate course or it could be added as a component in several, or all, of the courses in the general education curriculum." This statement parallels the observations on GE in the CSU Curzon report.
As an Add-On to Another Course
- "It is possible," states the Academic Senate report, " to identify competencies that all students should have, but sometimes discipline-specific competencies are needed. These competencies should be integrated into the curriculum of that discipline. For example, there are things about the acquisition of information that nursing students should know that are different from what needs to be known by a student studying fine arts. Some models for including information competency in the discipline choose to integrate this information competency into the introductory course in the discipline. These introductory courses in a discipline typically familiarize students to the methodologies, terminology, and resources of a discipline, including ways to acquire information."
The Academic Senate report notes "another model treats information competency as an enhancement to an already established course in the discipline; an 'add-on' to the course. For example, students enrolled in a psychology course might gain one extra unit for completing the information competency component, developed by the faculty teaching the course, in consultation with library faculty or other faculty having specific expertise."
The CSU Curzon report notes "one of the most influential trends in recent years has been the university's willingness to award academic credit on the basis of students demonstrating mastery of skills as opposed to simply taking courses." Possibly California's forthcoming "Virtual University" will allow, via Internet, student assessment instruments regarding mastery of a subject or a set of skills.
Examples: The Institute of Computer Technology, a California public school agency provides training in a number of courses for which the University of California Santa Cruz awards credit. ICT is, as well, developing educational technology programs in partnerships with the Intel Foundation, UCLA, NASA, and the University of Nebraska.
Interactive websites and distance education projects are underway at Cal Poly and CSU campuses. This type of project would appear to provide opportunities for interleaving information competency components developed elsewhere into a specific community college course.
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