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Library Instruction Mission Statement

The quality and quantity of information needed to function effectively in society and the workplace continues to increase. Individuals are faced with the escalating challenge of managing more information, in increasingly diverse formats and locations. They must be able to master rapidly changing information technology and possess the information literacy skills to act independently in this information rich environment.

An information literate person is able to recognize when information is needed and to have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Information literacy is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It forms the basis for lifelong learning. An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding the use of information

The definition and application of information literacy standards and competencies are reflected in the evolutionary role of higher education and information technology in our society.

The Library Instruction Program exists to promote the information and computer literacy of students, faculty, and staff. In keeping with the university's mission to prepare students to become effective citizens, to succeed in their chosen careers, and to become lifelong learners, the Library Instruction Program is designed to develop the ability to independently identify, select, analyze and evaluate information for any purpose. The Library Instruction Program is fluid, changing to meet patrons' needs as technology modifies the way information is accessed, as curricular and administrative needs change, and as a result of program evaluation. Through the program, the library facilitates access to the vast resources available to the university, fosters a sense of independence and responsibility, and encourages a collaborative relationship between librarians and other teaching faculty. The program teaches library users needed information research methods and skills through point-of-use, course-related, web-based, and credit course instruction, thus supporting the overall educational mission of Montana State University.