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Mission of Information Literacy Program

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The Lewis J. Ort Library Information Literacy Program empowers Frostburg State University students to be confident users and creators of information in a dynamic and continually evolving information landscape. We prepare students to think critically about the information that they encounter and create, in a variety of forms, both within and outside of academia. This also includes facilitating access to the research databases, collections and services available through the Ort Library. Our underlying goal is to support the information literacy needs of all members of the Frostburg State University academic community through classroom and online instruction, research assistance, and campus-wide collaboration.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Information Literacy Program are: 

  • Enable students to think critically about their exploration and use of information for research and life-long learning.
  • Assess student learning and information literacy attainment through a formalized assessment program.
  • Assist faculty in integrating information literacy into their courses and assignments.
  • Develop outreach initiatives to increase campus awareness of the information literacy program.
  • Create resources that support students’ knowledge and understanding of information literacy skills.

Learning Goals

Information Literacy Goals:

  • Determine the extent of information needed.
  • Access the needed information.
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically.
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Access and use information ethically and legally.