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Library 10: Information Competency

Credit: 1.0 unit
Total Lecture: 18 hours
Advisories: CA 070, Eligibility for ENG 001A and READ 054
Acceptable for credit: California State University; University of California

NOTE: Students cannot get credit for both LIB 10 and LIB 10H. Enrollment in the Honors Transfer Project is required for LIB 10H.

Catalog Course Description
This course covers the basic elements of information competency by introducing students to the nature of research and the role of the library in research, including finding, analyzing, organizing, and presenting information and the legal and ethical aspects of research. Students are introduced to a variety of informational resources including print, media, electronic formats and the World Wide.

SLO: Student Learning Outcomes
SLO 1:
Students will identify and critically evaluate appropriate resources.
SLO 2: When using information, students will correctly identify when citations are required.
SLO 3: Students will create correctly formatted citations in multiple formats.

Library 10H: Information Competency Honors

Credit: 1.0 unit
Total Lecture: 18 hours
Advisories: CA 070, Eligibility for ENG 001A and READ 054
Acceptable for credit: California State University; University of California

NOTE: Students cannot get credit for both LIB 10 and LIB 10H. Enrollment in the Honors Transfer Project is required for LIB 10H.

Catalog Course Descriptions
Library 10 & 10H Description:
This course covers the basic elements of information competency by introducing students to the nature of research and the role of the library in research, including finding, analyzing, organizing, and presenting information and the legal and ethical aspects of research. Students are introduced to a variety of informational resources including print, media, electronic formats and the World Wide.

SLO: Student Learning Outcomes
SLO 1:
Students will identify and critically evaluate appropriate resources.
SLO 2: When using information, students will correctly identify when citations are required.
SLO 3: Students will create correctly formatted citations in multiple formats.
SLO 4: Students will prepare an annotated bibliography of at least 20 items appropriate for research on a specific topic

Student Feedback

I really wish I could have taken this course BEFORE English 1A because I could have provided high quality essays if I would have known how to use all these amazing resources.

The course even went above my expectations by far and gave knowledge that I did not expect to come from the course.

This hasn't been my favorite class but I can't deny that I've learned a lot.

Everything was really fun, actually. Some lessons I thought "awww man this is going to take forever, I don't want to do it" but once I got started they flew by.

— Former LIB 010 students

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is information competency?
    It is the ability to recognize when you need information and then be able to find, evaluate, and use that information effectively. Library 10: Information Competency is a one-unit course that can help you develop these skills.
  • Is information competency a graduation requirement?
    Yes. As of Fall 2006, students must fulfill an Information Competency proficiency requirement in order to graduate with an AA/AS degree. Library 10 fulfills this requirement.
  • Is there an Information Competency Proficiency Exam?
    Yes, there is. Passing the exam is another way to fulfill the proficiency requirement. You must receive a score of at least 70% on the exam to fulfill the Information Competency proficiency requirement. It is administered through the Mission College Assessment Center and students currently enrolled in Library 10: Information Competency are not eligible to take the exam. For additional information about the exam, including links to study resources, please refer to the Information Proficiency Exam Student Guide.
  • Are there study resources for the Information Competency Proficiency Exam?
    Yes. For additional information about the exam, including links to study resources, please refer to the Information Proficiency Exam Student Guide.
  • Are there any prerequisites for Library 10?
    Students taking this course should be at or above the level for English 1A (English Composition), Reading 54 (Critical College Reading and Thinking), and Computer Applications 70 (Using MS Windows). Please note that students who are not eligible for these advisories may have trouble passing this course.
  • When should I take Library 10?
    It is highly recommended that you take LIB 10 early in your college career - preferably in your first semester if you meet the above advisories. The research skills you develop in LIB 10 will help you in many of your courses.
  • Does this course have a required textbook?
    This course does not have a required textbook, but supplemental reading will be assigned. All supplemental readings are available at no charge through Canvas, the Mission College Library resources, or the Web.
  • This is a one-unit course so that means there will not be much homework, right?
    Wrong. Academic courses are assigned units based on the amount of time a student is expected to devote to learning per semester. For a one-unit course that meets once a week over the entire semester (16 weeks) the minimum is three hours of student work per week. This typically equals one hour in-class, plus two hours of study/homework per week. For an online course, the "in-class" time is added to the study/homework time, so a one unit course requires three hours of learning per week. The time commitment doubles for an eight week course.
  • What is the difference between the online course and the on-campus course?
    The online course does not have weekly meetings, but the material covered and the time commitment is the same: three hours per week for the 16 week course and six hours per week for the eight week course. To find out if online learning is right for you, go to the Mission College Online Learning Web page.
  • Is the online course easier because we do not have to meet on-campus weekly?
    Even though the online course does not have weekly face-to-face meetings, the time commitment per week is the same. For the online course, class material and lectures will be presented in a variety of formats, including PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, PDF documents, and video presentations with sound. Often students new to online learning perceive and expect online courses to be easy and involve little to no work on their part. This is a misperception, and in fact, online courses may be more demanding than a face-to-face course depending on the learning style of the student. Online courses are not recommended for all students. To find out if online learning is right for you, go to the Mission College Online Learning Web page.
  • Is the online course self-paced?
    No. The online course is not self-paced. You will have weekly assignments with weekly due dates.
  • Is the online course conducted completely online?
    Yes. The online course is conducted completely online. The primary mode of instruction is through the Canvas Learning Management System.
  • Where can I find out more about the Canvas Learning Management System?
    Go to the Mission College Canvas Student Support Web page.
  • Does the online course have a mandatory on-campus orientation?
    No. There is not a mandatory orientation for the online course.
  • What should I do if I am on a wait list?
    If you are on a wait list for an on-campus course, please attend the first class meeting and if there are spaces available, students will be added in the order they appear on the wait list. If you are on a wait list for an online course, your instructor will contact students via email, in the order they appear on the wait list, as spaces become available. If you are on a wait list be sure to verify that your current email address is listed in My Mission Portal . Students will not be given add codes past the first class meeting for an on campus course, and past the first week for an online course. Please note that the order of the wait list is strictly followed.
  • Is Library 10 transferable?
    Yes. The credit from Library 10 is transferable to the California State University system (CSU) and the University of California system (UC). It may also be transferable to other colleges and universities, but you must check with each individual institution.

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