Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.
At Unitec our information literacy classes are based on the Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy (ANZIIL) standards. Ongoing research and strategy also informs our approach.
Students learn to:
The Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2019, emphasises the crucial importance of learning transferable skills in tertiary education. Information literacy skills are highly transferable skills that help students succeed in the workplace and beyond.
We help students filter through the masses of information by teaching them methods to select correct key terms, relevant resources and strategies for determining the value of the information they find.
What learning services can Knowledge Specialists offer?
Advanced searching techniques - searching library databases
Citation management software - Zotero, Mendeley, Endnote
Critical evaluation of resources
Embedding a librarian in your physical class
Ethical use of information
Google and Google Scholar tips
Government sources - research and use
Help you (staff) create assignments with information literacy components
How to find and use images
How to understand a topic
Information issues in the 21st century
Information literacy skills asessment
Introduction to Unitec Library resources
Locating New Zealand resources
Organising and managing research resources
Primary sources - research and use
Referencing (with Te Puna Ako)
Teaching information skills via Moodle
Training on a specific information resource or subject area
What is meant by "scholarly sources"