The mission of the Concordia University Library Technology Center, as the central focus in the academic life of a diverse and multicultural community, is to support the students, faculty, and staff in their learning and scholarship. The library provides access to information in multiple formats, traditional and digital. Consistent with the teaching mission of the university, the library promotes the development of an “Information Literate” community by promoting information competency, critical thinking, and life-long learning. Developing an Information Literate community will enable us “to prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity, for enlightened care of God’s creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel.”
As defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries, an Information Literate individual is able to:
- Determine the extent of information needed
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluate information and its sources critically
- Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally
The Library’s mission is accomplished through the following goals:
- By supporting the development of a knowledgeable and versatile staff dedicated to facilitating the development of lifelong learners.
- By providing a welcoming and user-oriented environment to support student and faculty research, study, and project work for individuals and groups.
- By working with faculty to develop an appropriate collection for their discipline, including both paper and electronic resources.
- By collaborating with faculty to develop Information Literacy sessions and determine content that supports faculty objectives and enhances student learning, preferably maximizing the “teachable moment.”
- By collaborating with faculty to develop appropriate strategies and syllabus-integrated, hands-on exercises for teaching their students the requisite information literacy skills.
- By collaborating with faculty to incorporate critical evaluation of paper and electronic resources into all disciplines.
- By collaborating with faculty to develop webpages for their courses that will provide a starting point for student research in the field.
- By maintaining a Webpage of information regarding copyright and plagiarism.
- By maintaining and enhancing its ties with state and national organizations and educational institutions to enable students, faculty, and staff to access extended resources and services. These include, but are not limited to, CLIC, MINITEX, and OCLC.
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). (2004). “Information Literacy Competency Standards for higher education.” Retrieved January 1, 2014, from http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency