The staff of the Abbot Vincent Taylor Library and the college’s IT Department work together to provide students and faculty with access to information and tools that facilitate teaching, learning and research.
The primary goal for our area is to provide the college community with the technology and tools necessary to be successful, and to help you to access and retrieve the information you need. We look forward to helping you navigate your information needs.
PILOT: Promoting Information Literacy Over Time:
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
Over the next several years, the Library and IT will collaborate on the PILOT QEP—Quality Enhancement Plan. A part of Reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the QEP at Belmont Abbey College will include instructional and assessment components (see below), as well as the transformation of the Library’s Reference Room (south end of the top floor) into a Learning Commons. The Learning Commons will include carrels with plug-in points to accommodate laptops, expanded workstation arrays with access to an enlarged set of academic and research databases, and group study rooms equipped with multimedia hardware and software for student presentations.
Further information about the Learning Commons component of the QEP can be found at: http://facultyweb.bac.edu/qep
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The broader instructional and assessment initiative, designated PILOT, for Promoting Information Literacy Over Time, will sponsor information literacy sessions during First Year Seminar, research-intensive experiences tailored to English 101-102, and discipline-specific pilot and capstone courses with assessment rubrics designed around the information literacy competency standards established by the Association of College & Research Libraries.
The following is quoted from ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards
“Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:
- Determine the extent of information needed
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluate information and its sources critically
- Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally”