AACU VALUE Rubric – Information Literacy

AACU VALUE Rubric – Information Literacy

This rubric is recommended for use evaluating a collection of work, rather than a single work sample in order to fully gauge students’ information skills.

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Definition

The ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand. - Adopted from the National Forum on Information Literacy

Framing Language

This rubric is recommended for use evaluating a collection of work, rather than a single work sample in order to fully gauge students’ information skills. Ideally, a collection of work would contain a wide variety of different types of work and might include: research papers, editorials, speeches, grant proposals, marketing or business plans, PowerPoint presentations, posters, literature reviews, position papers, and argument critiques to name a few. In addition, a description of the assignments with the instructions that initiated the student work would be vital in providing the complete context for the work. Although a student’s final work must stand on its own, evidence of a student’s research and information gathering processes, such as a research journal/diary, could provide further demonstration of a student’s information proficiency and for some criteria on this rubric would be required.

This rubric utilizes the following criteria:

  • Determine the Extent of Information Needed
  • Access the Needed Information
  • Evaluate Information and its Sources Critically*
  • Use Information Effectively to Accomplish a Specific Purpose
  • Access and Use Information Ethically and Legally

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Reprinted [or Excerpted] with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

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