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Information Literacy at Merrimack College


"Search in ways to make discoveries, and discover in ways to keep on searching."

~St. Augustine, De Trinitate, IX, 1,1.


In direct support of Merrimack College’s mission, McQuade Library’s Information Literacy program strives to develop lifelong learners who will master information skills that will enrich their academic and personal lives.  Within the context of a liberal arts education, information literacy prepares students for critical thinking and lifelong learning, values championed in Merrimack College’s "Agenda for Distinction" strategic plan, NEASC standards, general education curriculum, and other curriculum documents.

The program supports the College’s vision, "to empower lives by cultivating intellectual, moral, spiritual, physical, and personal awareness needed to make informed decisions for life careers and service."  It prepares Merrimack graduates to live as informed, productive, and responsible citizens capable of thinking critically about information and its uses.  With the explosion of online library and internet resources, these skills are essential in today’s ever-changing, information-rich world.

McQuade Library’s Information Literacy program is thriving.  Each year, librarians teach over 200 instruction sessions and reach on average 3000 students from both day and evening classes.

The program is poised to meet outcomes outlined in the College's bold strategic plan "The Agenda for Distinction." Librarians continue to build a distinctive information literacy program that meets research needs of faculty & students (Goal #1, objs. 1, 2,10).  Librarians offer specialized information literacy training to specific groups (ex. via Compass Program, International students, Honors Program, Graduate students) in order to provide support and individualized attention that is signature to Merrimack experience (Goal #1, obj. #6, goal #4, obj. 5).

As the college expands its offerings to include hybrid (in-person and online) courses, online courses, and distance education, librarians continue to develop new modes of instructional technologies to fulfill these student needs.