Program Goals

Strategic Plan III (SPIII) states that the college should “include coordination and re-imagination of existing IL programs” which “must include…enhancement of our digital resources and an emphasis on the library as the central focus of campus intellectual life.”  The Waidner-Spahr Library supports SPII and all academic departments by adhering to the following goals. 

Teach Dickinson students to become information literate.

  • Provide foundational information literacy learning via the First-Year Seminar program.
  • Develop a comprehensive and systematic information literacy support plan for each major.
  • Communicate standards of academic integrity and plagiarism prevention.
Assess local information literacy practice to improve existing programs and create opportunities for new ones.

  • Establish measurable outcomes for the general information literacy program, and for departmental programs.
  • Evaluate the information literacy skill sets of the student body at representative times during their educational experience.
  • Periodically assess department information literacy programs for effectiveness and improvement.
  • Evaluate classroom instruction activities to assure usefulness and alignment with course goals.
Collaborate with appropriate constituents to create the best information literacy learning environment for students and foster life-long learning.

  • Faculty: collaborate to provide major- and course-integrated instruction. 
  • Academic Advising: collaborate to provide information about academic integrity and plagiarism prevention.
  • Other campus offices:  Seek and develop opportunities to enhance information literacy skill sets outside the classroom with office such as the Writing Center, Center for Global Study & Engagement, Career Center, Admissions, etc.
Increase awareness among faculty, students and administrators of information literacy and its benefits and importance to academic success.

  • Communicate the information literacy program mission and goals formally and informally across campus via department meetings, individual liaison meetings, and through committee interaction (APSC, P&B, SXC, etc.).
  • Include information literacy goals, concepts and skills in all classroom instruction involving a librarian. 
  • Market information literacy in the library’s promotional efforts.
Train librarians in best practices for teaching and assessing information literacy skill sets.  

  • Identify training opportunities such as ACRL’s Immersion program.
  • Provide funding and travel time for professional development opportunities.
  • Facilitate peer learning within the library.