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Information Literacy Program @ Skyline College

Information Literacy Program at Skyline College

The Information Literacy Program at Skyline College aims to go beyond teaching students a set of discrete skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information for a particular assignment. Rather, teaching within the context of Meta Majors, the Information Literacy Program at Skyline College aims to foster in students dispositions involved in lifelong learning such as critical and reflective thinking, curiosity, initiative, dynamism, individual growth, and collaboration. Moreover, it aims to develop active, empowered, global learners who are able to navigate and participate in the complex information landscape of the 21st century.


The Skyline College Library’s Information Literacy Program strives to develop empowered, lifelong learners by fostering critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity that will enrich their academic, personal, and professional lives.

Core Values

  • We actively partner with disciplinary faculty to create transformative learning experiences for students.
  • We explore, identify, and implement a variety of pedagogical approaches, instructional strategies, and high impact practices to foster inquiry and curiosity in students.
  • We employ a range of active and collaborative learning activities and technologies that address students’ multiple learning styles.
  • We continually assess our program to improve instruction and student learning.
  • We collaborate with campus community to integrate Skyline College's social justice-centered mission into all library activities and transform our library space into multi-focused learning environment. (core values of social justice and global citizenship)

Skyline College's Program Learning Outcomes

The Skyline College's Library's information literacy program is based on the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Information literacy includes the ability to:

  • APPLYING RESEARCH STRATEGIES: apply effective research strategies, including formulating and defining the scope of the research question, determining key concepts, and identifying relevant sources.
  • MAKING INFORMED CHOICES: make informed choices about credible and relevant information types and/or sources (journal, newspaper, magazine, interviews, media, etc.).
  • EVALUATING SOURCES: critically evaluate content for credibility, accuracy, and relevance.
  • ENGAGING DIVERSE VIEWS: proactively engage with diverse ideas, marginalized voices and/or world views while recognizing that information sources can be influenced by authority that is reinforced by existing power structures.
  • DEMONSTRATING ETHICAL AND LEGAL USE: use verbal and/or nonverbal media ethically and legally by appropriately citing and following copyright guidelines.
  • DEVELOPING A SCHOLARLY IDENTITY: develop and demonstrate scholarly identity by generating meaning rather than merely consuming and restating information.

The Information Literacy Rubric can be found on the ISLO Assessments website.