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Information Guides for Silberman School of Social Work

City University of New York, Hunter College, Hunter College Libraries

The Information Literate Social Worker

Information Literacy Defined

“Information literacy 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.”

                                                                                                                                                                                   Association of College & Research Libraries

Information Literacy & Social Work Practice

“The information literate social worker possesses the agency, capacity, and critical thinking to reflectively negotiate the information universe; to ethically discover, evaluate and integrate new knowledge into practice; and to apply an anti-oppressive, social justice foundation to their use and dissemination of information on behalf of their practice, communities of service, and profession.”

                                             Johnson, S.C., Bausman, M., & Ward, S.L. (2021). Fostering information literacy: A call for collaboration between academic librarians and MSW instructors. Advances in Social Work, 21(1).https://doi.org/10.18060/24697

Information Literacy Sessions Taught in Social Work Courses at Silberman

 

       

Module 1

Clinical Practice Lab 1 /   Open Space Orientation Program   

Sources of Knowledge:

Foundational, Scholarly, and Experiential

Asynchronous video-casts followed by live Open Space Meeting

Module 2

702  Policy II                              (Spring Semester)

The Expanding Information Universe:

Integrating Subscription & Publicly Available Information Sources for Social Work

Linked to position paper / advocacy memo

Module 3

751 Research I                         (Fall Semester)

Social Work Research :

Advanced Database Search Strategies

Linked to literature review

Module 4

790  Professional Seminar                                       (Spring Semester)

The Professional Seminar Project & the  Information Literate Social Worker

Linked to final paper / project

Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) : Information Literacy in Higher Education

"Information literacy 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.

"The Framework opens the way for librarians, faculty, and other institutional partners to redesign instruction sessions, assignments, courses, and even curricula; to connect information literacy with student success initiatives; to collaborate on pedagogical research and involve students themselves in that research; and to create wider conversations about student learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the assessment of learning on local campuses and beyond."

- ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education