Title

An Information Literacy Program Built for Relevance and Purpose

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Publication Title

Reference Services Review

Volume

37

Issue

4

First Page

386

Last Page

394

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the design and implementation of an information literacy program for the Faculties of Science and Engineering at McGill University.

Design/methodology/approach – Borrowing from the literature and Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, a theoretical approach to audience characterization is used to generate learning outcomes aligned with American Library Association Information Literacy Standards for Science and Technology.

Findings – Results suggest that a learner-centered program, addressing potential gaps between perceived and actual skills and needs, is well-received by the student population.

Originality/value – This study, primarily focused on the description of a program, provides timely and useful information to academic librarians.