Welcome to the Palo Alto College course on Information. Palo Alto College, in San Antonio, has added INFORMATION STUDIES (INFO 1371) to its core curriculum because we believe that the addition of this course will increase student success and better prepare students for the study of all disciplines as well as for post-graduation life.
The Information Studies course covers the following major areas:
Information literacy is rapidly becoming a required element of college curricula across the country.
A Major National Movement
Information literacy is becoming accepted across the country--and in many foreign countries--as an essential element of a higher education curriculum. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools now requires that
institutions seeking accreditation ". . . describe and document the
strategies and activities used to provide an effective program of
bibliographic instruction and information literacy." Several other regional accrediting agencies are considering adopting such a requirement.
Information literacy is now defined as one of the "five essential competencies for solid job performance according to the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)" (ALA).
Many universities are now requiring an information literacy course. A growing number of national organizations are pushing to have information studies included in college and university curricula. For more information, see our full documentation at http://www.accd.edu/pac/lrc/iscase.htm.
Unaddressed College & Student Needs
Accrediting Agencies supporting Information Studies:
Higher Education Institutions Recommending Information Studies:
"I have learned more from this course than I ever expected or imagined I could. This is the most practical course I have ever taken. This was highly recommended to me by other students and faculty and I see now why. It is an excellent course to prepare anyone that wishes to go on to another college or university... Thank you for opening up a new dimension of knowledge for me that I can use for the rest of my college and professional career."
"Where do I sign up for this course? I wish I had had something like this before I started my graduate courses at UT Austin. Anyway, it appears that we do not have enough time to teach information literacy in the college level English courses, and we should welcome a course that could complement our instruction--- in any discipline."
- Information Literacy|
- Information Competency
- Library & Information Science
This beginning section of the course will deal with the following:
Note --- There will be quizzes following each session !!!
STUDY CLUE: Take plenty of notes in the spaces provided on these sheets. Read and review all notes and passouts immediately after class. This will allow you to correct and add to your notes, and it will greatly increase your retention of the material. Review materials once again just before the next class, and make a note of any questions you have.
Have you read the syllabus yet? Any questions?
You will submit assignments, take quizzes, and communicate through the WebCT interface. This interface will allow you to see your current grade average and results of each of your quizzes and assignments shortly after they are submitted.
You can use regular email to communicate with me (email@example.com) if you wish to speak to me privately. However, in general I prefer that you submit everything to the listserv (the bulletin board - see the UPDATES button at top of page) because both the question and the answer will go to all the students in this course, and many of them may be having the same questions or problems that you are having.