Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 290 2017
half of their undergraduates meet their expectations when it comes
to the following four major information literacy competencies:
Citing sources, according to 33% of faculty
Finding appropriate scholarly information on their research
topic, according to 38% of faculty
Developing and refining research topics, according to 39% of
Evaluating information sources critically, according to 35% of
faculty (Figure 1)
Figure 1: In 2014 33–39% of Cornell faculty said that fewer than half of their undergraduate students
meet their information literacy expectations.
On a more granular level, at some Cornell colleges and schools the
situation is even more dire. For example, at one particular school up
to 73% of faculty found that fewer than half their students had these
important skills.
The next survey question asked about the use of library instruction
sessions designed to help build these skills in students. Only 31% of
respondents had used these services, 69% had not. Of those who had
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