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Information Literacy

Information Literacy Definition

Information literacy is defined as the ability to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information".


The College Libraries faculty and staff actively work with faculty to help students become more proficient and reflective researchers. Librarians work collaboratively with faculty on modification of existing assignments, creation of new assignments, and also provide face-to-face and hands-on instruction for information seeking skills.


The Information Literacy Program aims to help members of the campus community:

  • understand the organization of information;
  • effectively select and access both printed and electronic resources;
  • critically evaluate the authority, relevance, and usefulness of information encountered in various media and formats;
  • use information ethically to express and communicate their ideas.

Online Tutorials

A number of self-paced online tutorials are available in lieu of face-to-face instruction for basic skills.  These tutorials are intended to introduce basic skills; advanced and discipline-specific needs are best addressed with a face-to-face session.

Scheduling a Session with a Librarian

Library instruction should be scheduled as closely as possible to the time your students will actually start work on their projects or assignments, and not too far in advance. Sessions are usually held in the library's classroom, which is equipped with a presentation podium and 30 laptops which allow students to learn in a hands-on environment. A librarian can also come to your classroom to offer instruction (this applies to off-campus classes as well). To schedule an instruction session, e-mail the Information Literacy Coordinator well in advance of your preferred session date(s) to have a better chance of getting the days and times you would like.


Jessica Ramey, Information Literacy Coordinator


Crumb Library: 315-267-2485
Crane Library: 315-267-2451

Text Us! (Mon-Fri, 10 - 4): 315-277-3730

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SUNY Potsdam College Libraries
44 Pierrepont Ave
Potsdam, NY 13617