The Information Literacy Instruction Certificate (ILIC) is a new 15-credit post-baccalaureate certificate introduced at URI. GSLIS has identified this as a critical need. The purpose of this program is to serve the needs of professional librarians who want to update their skills, as well as provide opportunities for assistants who would like to teach others how to use the library resources effectively, efficiently, and ethically.
Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, use and evaluate information. The Association of College and Research Libraries has defined Competency Standards as the ability 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 the information ethically and legally".
Earning the ILIC consists of completion of 5 essential courses designed to enhance your information literacy instruction skills. This program will serve the needs of professional librarians who want to update their skills, as well as provide opportunities for assistants to teach diverse users how to utilize the library effectively, efficiently, and ethically. This program will also ensure that librarians of the 21st century will support life-long learning.
In the Final Report by ALA's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, school and college libraries were challenged to "integrate the concept of information literacy into their learning programs" and [to] play a 'leadership role' in implementing information literacy in their institutions. Graduates of the ILIC program will be prepared to meet this vital need.
ILIC Program Requirements
The LSC 527 Course is the capstone course and will allow candidates the opportunity to apply what they have learned and to teach information literacy standards to URI students.
Candidates will be required to earn a grade of B or better in each course. A maximum of 3.0 graduate credits will be accepted from another graduate library school program for transfer of credit.
Candidates who already possess an MLIS degree can pursue advanced studies by earning the ILIC and may transfer applicable credits already earned into the certificate program. Candidates without an MLIS may opt to transfer the 15 credits earned for the ILIC into the MLIS program for acceptance toward completion of a Master's degree. Students currently enrolled in the MLIS program may earn the ILIC simultaneously by completing the ILIC Program of Study with their advisor.
Educational outcomes will be evaluated on the basis of rubrics and a portfolio. Candidates for the ILIC will:
Students currently enrolled in a GSLIS Master's program need only fill out the ILIC POS with their advisor. All others interested in applying must submit the following in the same envelope: