Information Competency in the California Community Colleges

Library and Learning Resources
Transfer, Articulation, and Student Services Committee

Information competency is essential to student success in the Information Age. As stated in Resolution 16.2.0 passed by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges at its Fall 1996 Plenary Session, the position of the Senate is "that any development of information competency components and/or programs be the primary responsibility of the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges." This paper seeks to address issues associated with information competency and commence the discussion on how these competencies can be incorporated into the California Community College curriculum. Issues to be discussed in this paper include a clear and concise definition of information competency, a listing of key components for information competency, expectations of what students need to know before they complete their educational endeavors, and how information competency will be implemented in the California Community Colleges. In addition to the student focus on information competency, the paper discusses the need for faculty development opportunities to develop and provide information competency.