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Library Information Studies

The Manhattanville College Library is a learning and teaching library designed to meet the diverse information needs of our students, faculty and community. The Library was a pioneer in information literacy instruction. For nearly thirty years we have promoted Information Literacy across the curriculum.  Every Manhattanville undergraduate student is required to take a one-credit course in Information Literacy; many graduate students are required to have either a course in Information Literacy or a module within a research course. In addition to required courses, the Library offers workshops and consultations. We support every step of the undergraduate curriculum from First Year Program through senior theses and capstones. The Manhattanville LIS program, a distinguishing characteristic of our library, involves multiple points of contact with the entire college community.
Learning objectives in LIS include: 

  • Determine the extent (scope) of information needed throughout the research process in order to formulate (clarify, revise, and refine) a research question.
  • Access information effectively and efficiently using appropriate library tools in order to choose the type of information source (book, journal, magazine, newspaper, web site) that is relevant to the current information need.
  • Construct and implement effectively-designed search strategies/language using Boolean concepts, phrase searching, and keyword searching in order to locate relevant and appropriate research resources.
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically in order to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources of information, scholarly and popular sources, substantiated facts and points of view.
  • Use information effectively in order to accomplish a specific purpose (i.e. produce a finished product such as an oral or written report, annotated bibliography, personal investigation, or digital presentation)
  • Document outside sources using standard bibliographic citation formats in order to demonstrate economic, legal, and social considerations related to use of information.