So…I posted this last night with no preamble (or picture). But I’ll give it some context now. I work in an academic library. Part of my position requires teaching information literacy to students. Don’t know what information literacy is? Find out more here. (And yes, librarian friends, I posted the STANDARDS and not the FRAMEWORK. Don’t shoot me, I just think a layperson would grasp the standards before the framework.)
Many library jobs with a teaching component have started requiring a Teaching Philosophy Statement and/or Information Literacy Philosophy Statement. Since I’ve been poking around the market for a new job, I created my own statement.
Information literacy, along with digital literacy, is vital to student success. An instruction librarian, integrated into the college classroom, facilitates such learning. As an instruction librarian, I guide students across an evolving informational landscape as they seek knowledge. I teach my students to be critical thinkers, to learn to work with others in a collaborative setting, and to communicate their needs to themselves and to others. Contextualizing and disseminating information, along with analyzing its authority and value, are key components during my instruction sessions.
Working closely with faculty is a priority as students benefit from such a partnership. After developing a rapport with faculty members, I recommend ways library resources, services, and information literacy initiatives may be incorporated into their courses. I create program and subject specific in-person instruction sessions and online tutorials. Leveraging Springshare’s LibGuides, I create course-specific research guides highlighting library resources, services, and research tips for students.
I use this same method to support college-wide initiatives outside of the classroom. For example, I maintain a resource guide for the Oral and Written Communication Center, a major component of the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. The Disability Services coordinator and I work together to provide resources and services to benefit students with learning disabilities. Working in coordination with the Professional Development Committee and the Academic Success Center, I create information literacy programs for students, faculty, and administrators. Ultimately, my goal is to provide the college community the tools they need to succeed not only in regards to their informational need of the moment, but their informational needs of the future.