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Faculty Support at RDP Library

Services and resources to support teaching and research at Red Deer Polytechnic.

About Information Literacy

Information literate students understand that the world of information is complex. They think critically about information that they encounter, in any format, and are able to locate appropriate information for their context and need. They are ethical and intentional in their own creation of information. Their skills seamlessly transfer from one program and situation to another and create a foundation for lifelong learning.

Information Literacy with RDP Library includes: 

  • curriculum development work with instructors, programs, departments, and Schools
  • formal instructional opportunities, including single classes, multiple connected classes, and librarians embedded into classes for an entire semester
  • one-on-one instruction with students in person at our Library Desk as well as virtually via email, chat, and text

Our Information Literacy Framework

Information literacy at Red Deer Polytechnic is informed by and based on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Outcomes of our Framework include:

  • Authority & Evaluation of InformationDifferentiate between different kinds of authority and choose the appropriate authority for the context.
  • Information CreationDemonstrate that information creation, by both oneself and others, is a dynamic process made up of a series of intentional decisions.
  • Power & Value of InformationIdentify and examine the underlying power and value structures of information.
  • Information Ethics: Exemplify ethical choices in the use of information.
  • Research ProcessConduct research as a dynamic process of asking questions, synthesizing information, and asking further questions.
  • Scholarship as a ConversationRecognize that scholarship is a conversation, and judge where, when, and how to enter that conversation.
  • Information SearchingSeek information using an exploratory process, intentionally and continually revising search strategies.
Below is an overview of our Information Literacy Framework, click on a heading to learn more.
Authority & Evaluation of Information Information Creation Power & Value of Information Information Ethics Research Process Scholarship as a Conversation Information Searching

Evaluating Basics

Format Choice Value of Personal Information Plagiarism Identify Information Need Types of Sources Choosing Search Tools
Scholarly vs. Popular Information Creation Tools Privacy and Security Citation Basics Create and Revise Question Information Cycle Keywords
Peer-Review Basics Communication Style Information has Value Citation Advanced Synthesize Information Disciplinary Communication Conventions Search Basics
Evaluating Advanced Publishing Open Access Copyright Basics Identify Gaps in Research Enter the Disciplinary Conversation Analyze Results and Revise Search
Peer-Review Advanced   Missing Voices Creative Commons     Search Advanced
Publishing Industry     Copyright Advanced      
Note: Outcomes and supporting material informed by and based on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.Authority Creation Value Ethics Questions Conversation Searching