Our educational mission is to develop programs and services that teach George Mason students how to apply the information literacy skills that are necessary for their academic and lifelong success. This mission will be accomplished by:
- Working collaboratively with faculty, staff and administrators to ensure information literacy instruction opportunities are pervasive throughout students' academic experiences at George Mason.
- Continually assessing the needs of students, faculty, staff and administrators for information literacy instruction, the effectiveness of information literacy instruction, and the effectiveness of University Libraries information literacy programs and services.
- Promoting the benefits of information literacy instruction, and
how it supports and enhances the educational goals of George Mason
Information Literacy Defined
Information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed, access information effectively, and use information appropriately for any specific need.
Philosophy of Information Literacy Instruction
The amount of information produced today, and the speed with which it can be accessed, requires the ability to adapt information seeking skills to many different and changing situations. To be most effective, information literacy instruction must provide opportunities to learn and apply these skills in many contexts and environments. Therefore, information literacy instruction cannot be a single class, or even a series of classes; rather it needs to be integrated into George Mason University's curriculum through General Education and courses within the majors.