The Association of Research and College Libraries has identified a core set of skills and knowledge critical to student success during undergraduate education and beyond. These standards form the basis of our Program's Student Learning Outcomes.
Upon graduation, Cal Maritime students will be able to:
The Library's Information Fluency Instruction Program is dedicated to ensuring that all graduates are able to effectively navigate the vast amount of information available in a digital society.
To meet this goal, the program provides instruction designed to meet the general and discipline-specific needs of students and faculty. This instruction includes curriculum-integrated sessions, a full-term class, online research guides, drop-in reference assistance, and individual research consultation.
The bulk of instruction takes place during the freshman year through General Education courses and LIB100. During that time, students are introduced to foundational skills:
Information fluency is then reinforced and expanded upon via individual sessions in discipline-specific courses. For example:
"We live in a blizzard of information without wisdom, content without context, and are being pulled a million ways by tech toys and a zillion cable channels and the multitudinous blogs. A white noise of data is the ambient soundtrack of our lives."
"Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries and universities, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise."
"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."