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Implications and Consequences

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Implications and Consequences:


1.1 The information-literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

f. Recognizes that existing information can be combined with original thought, experimentation, and/or analysis to produce new information.


Librarians explain that information often needs to be gathered from several sources and analyzed/synthesized in order to address the topic at hand.



In SSC101, if a student is comparing marriage customs in the United States to marriage customs in Japan, the librarian explains that the student may have to locate this information separately and then analyze and synthesize it to complete the assignment.


In reference interviews students often learn that finding information is only the first step; librarians explain that information must be interpreted and applied to specific questions in order to provide meaningful answers to related questions.


1.3. The information literate student considers the costs and benefits of acquiring the needed information.

      a.   Determines the availability of needed information and makes decisions on broadening the information seeking process beyond local

            resources  (e.g., interlibrary loan; using resources at other locations; obtaining images, videos, text, or sound)


Librarians explain the use of Interlibrary Loan at the reference desk and in library instruction sessions; they may also suggest other libraries and additional types of resources.



After consulting Worldcat, librarians may refer students who are not at University Campus to a local library in the area to access a particular resource.


Students often want to know if we have a textbook here at the library, so they will not have to purchase it. We may have an older edition, which they will often accept rather than buy the current edition.


In some cases students must consider whether they are willing to pay for access to fee-based sources and whether these costs will further their research.


       c.    Defines a realistic overall plan and timeline to acquire the needed information


            Librarians explain the pros and cons of limiting a search to full-text and the time needed to acquire information through interlibrary loan.



            Students who have an urgent information need are advised to limit their database search to “full-text” so that they can access  articles immediately.


Students often seem to want the information right away, so I usually have them limit the results to full-text, explaining tht if they do not find what they need, they can deselect that option and requestitems through Interlibrary Loan.  I let them know ILL could take up to a week or more for an article and evenlonger for a book.   


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