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Information Literacy Program 

Responsible Office: Research, Scholarship, and Instruction Department

Approved: June 28, 2024

Mission Statement

The mission of FGCU University Library's information literacy and instruction program is to support the instruction mission of the University Library and the University by empowering our diverse community of learners to:  

  • Locate, evaluate, and use all available information resources, effectively and responsibly. 

  • Critically evaluate information by discerning quality and authority. 

  • Confidently create new knowledge across a variety of formats and contexts. 

  • Prepare for leadership and service in a dynamic multicultural world. 

  • Enjoy the pursuit of lifelong inquiry and intellectual and cultural exploration. 

  • Engage with emerging digital literacy tools such as AI and media and recognize that distortions and biases may be present. 


FGCU University Library Mission 

The University Library inspires intellectual inquiry and promotes scholarship by providing welcoming spaces and making resources accessible to our diverse community.  We collaborate with our university partners to cultivate critical thinkers and lifelong learners. 


Main Student Success Operational Objectives  

  • Providing research support and information literacy instruction. 

  • Developing standalone and course embedded information literacy curriculum for in-person and virtual delivery. 

  • Collaborating with campus partners to increase access to affordable textbook and course materials alternatives including open education resources (OER). 

  • Partnering to develop opportunities for student work experience and service learning. 

  • Creating and facilitating faculty professional development in the creation of research assignments. 


Main Student Information Literacy Learning Objectives 

  • Evaluating Sources: Students will be able to critically evaluate the credibility, reliability, and relevance of information sources across various media, including websites, articles, books, and social media. 

  • Search Strategies: Students will develop effective search strategies to locate information efficiently using online databases, library catalogs, and internet search engines, while employing advanced search techniques such as Boolean operators and filters. 

  • Ethical Use of Information: Students will understand and apply principles of academic integrity and ethical use of information, including proper citation practices, avoiding plagiarism, and respecting copyright laws. 

  • Information Synthesis: Students will be able to synthesize information from multiple sources to create well-reasoned arguments, presentations, or research papers, demonstrating the ability to analyze, interpret, and integrate diverse perspectives. 

  • Media and Digital Literacy: Students will develop the ability to analyze and critique various forms of media, including artificial intelligence (AI), news articles, advertisements, and social media content, to identify biases, propaganda, and manipulation techniques. 

  • Lifelong Learning Skills: Students will cultivate a growth mindset and develop strategies for lifelong learning, including information-seeking behaviors, critical thinking skills, and self-directed learning techniques to adapt to evolving information landscapes. 


The Mission of the Information Literacy Program is aligned to and guided by the following:  

University Libraries Elevation 2030 Strategic Plan 
University Archives & Special Collections Mission 
ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education 
Research Libraries Guiding Principles for Artificial Intelligence