Literacies – what are they?
At University our students learn various different literacies. These include data literacy, media literacy, game literacy, health literacy, financial literacy, civic and ethical literacy, carbon literacy, digital literacy and information literacy.
A definition of information literacy is: “the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society”. [CILIP 2018 definition of information literacy.]
The Academic Support Librarian (ASL) team can help students get to grips with the concept of information literacy, by providing training sessions and/or ‘1 to 1’ meetings, to help students find the research and study resources that will be most useful to them.
For more information about the services that the ASL team can provide please take a look at the ASL webpages.
Here’s what some of our students have said about training and advice they have received from librarians in the University ASL team:
“I am so glad I asked for guidance about which resources would be best for my dissertation, I know it is a better piece of work as a result.”
“I wish I had known about these resources sooner!”
“The ASL for my School was super helpful, patient and kind.”
“This was a really interesting training session on library resources!”