Information Literacy

What is “information literacy”?

An information literate person, according to the American Library Association [ALA], is one who recognizes when information is needed, and can then find, evaluate, and effectively use that information. Rowan University’s librarians aim to develop information literacy skills in all students, as it forms a foundation for life-long learning as well as success in college.

Campbell Library’s information literacy instruction program is designed to foster the following learning outcomes described in the New Jersey Progression Standards for Information Literacy*: (1) Ability to identify and address what information is needed, and ask relevant questions; (2) Ability to search for, access, and extract information efficiently; (3) Ability to evaluate sources and think critically about main ideas; (4) Ability to use provided information for a specific purpose or through a specific medium; and (5) Ability to use information ethically and legally.

The inclusion of information literacy skills in the curriculum is required for institutional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

How do our librarians help students develop research skills?

The Research and Instructional Services librarians at Campbell Library provide several avenues for students to develop their information literacy skills.

Video Tutorials

Our new Information Literacy Course Modules subscription from Credo Reference offers 35 short videos that help students learn basic library skills such as database searching techniques, citing sources, and avoiding plagarism. Online tutorials relating to specific library databases are available on the library’s YouTube Channel.

Course-related Instruction

Students in different academic disciplines have different research needs. Course-related presentations, led by librarians, introduce  students to commonly used library resources and tools. Learn how to schedule a library presentation.

Reference Services

Walk-in assistance is available at the second floor Reference Desk seven days a week. Research help is also available via e-mail, SMS (text) and online chat through our Ask a Librarian service. More in-depth research help may be obtained by scheduling a consultation with a Subject Librarian.

Research Guides

Visit our Research Guides for subject-specific recommendations of research resources. If you would like a librarian to create a research guide for your course, contact your Subject Librarian.

Library tours

Library tours are available to the Rowan community and to high school student groups. To schedule a tour of Campbell Library, please contact Dr. Deborah Gaspar. Tours and instruction sessions are also available for academic summer programs and other student learning communities.

*The NJLA Progression Standards for Information Literacy were developed by academic librarians in two- and four-year colleges in New Jersey, based on existing standards created by the Association of College and Research Libraries [ACRL], State University of New York [SUNY], and Middle States Commission on Higher Education.