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As this video demonstrates so well, we are living in a rapidly changing world where the amount of information is staggering. Through technology, we now have access to constantly expanding multiple media information sources.
The ability to find, identify, evaluate, and use information has become a survival skill for college, work and daily life.
Information Literacy is an important component of the Otis curriculum, particularly in Liberal Studies, and is woven through all four years. The Core Competency states that Otis graduates will be able to assemble, evaluate, and ethically use information from diverse sources to accomplish a specific purpose.
In Liberal Arts and Sciences, in studio, in future workplaces, and in students' personal lives there is a need constantly expanding skills to successfully negotiate information spaces and to filter what is found.
By the end of an Otis education, students should be able to:
- Define and articulate each various need for information.
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
- Evaluate information and its sources critically.
- Use the information to accomplish a specific purpose.
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues that surround the use of information and use that information ethically and legally.
Information Literacy is a critical skill that will support success both during time at Otis and after.
All students are required to complete a series of online Tutorials and use the skills learned for research in all courses. Otis Faculty members have collaborated with the Otis Librarian to create Course Pathfinders and other Guides located on the Library web site.
Librarians are readily available to answer questions and provide additional instruction and assistance when asked.