MRU Library is committed to face to face learning, community engagement and professorial excellence through the delivery of a robust information literacy (IL) curriculum. IL is:
"the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning."
MRU Library plays a vital role in our students' processes of discovery and contextualizing their own ideas in a meaningful way that contributes to scholarly discourse, civic participation, and professional practice. We support students by providing a space that values and prioritizes an inclusive, collaborative, and reflective learning environment.
Pedagogical Values Statement
We encourage critical engagement with the information environment to support student success and graduate engaged and informed citizens. Information production and use are informed by the sociocultural context in which we learn and work. Students are encouraged to engage in scholarly conversations with this context in mind.
Teaching & Learning Priorities at MRU Library
Student Engagement and Active Learning
MRU library faculty invite students to participate in meaningful activities that help them think critically about information and generate new ideas and knowledge. We create an environment that challenges students to learn through inquiry and collaboration. One of our goals is to help students understand how technology facilitates the information seeking process.
Library faculty are committed to inclusive and reflective teaching practices. We provide learning opportunities in the classroom, at the service desk, and through individual consultations in response to the research requirements of course assignments. We encourage students to consider different ways of knowing and learning and we support critical literacy in our classrooms. We design learning activities that help students explore different ways of identifying, evaluating, locating and ethically using a variety of information sources.
We aim to create collaborative learning environments where students are partners in knowledge creation. We collaborate with instructors to develop teaching and learning activities to contextualize information literacy instruction within disciplinary curricula.
Assessment and Development
We take an evidence-based approach to developing and assessing our teaching. Our work is informed by relevant scholarly literature in the fields of library science and education, established best practices, and peer feedback. Our information literacy instruction is aligned with class assignments and program objectives to support student success.
Request an assignment based information literacy session for your class by contacting a subject librarian.
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