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      Mission Statement    
  The Cooper Union Library provides research and academic support for the three degree-granting programs of The Cooper Union. This support is manifest in the Library’s varied collections and subscriptions, which include a substantial portion of electronic resources, as well as in its policies and programs designed to instill lifelong learning skills. The Library also functions as an institutional crossroads, in which students and faculty from across the college’s spectrum can meet and learn from each other’s disciplines and resources.
      Information Literacy Statement    
  The Cooper Union Library’s approach to information literacy is designed to meet the specific challenges posed by the structure of the institution. Its three degree-granting programs--art, architecture and engineering--are differentiated in philosophy and practice, and its offerings in the humanities and social sciences, including art history, are intended to supplement the students’ professional studies. Once graduated, Cooper Union students are expected to approach their professional careers as artists, architects and engineers in a creative and innovative manner that intrinsically demands research skills to stay current in their fields and to continue their professional and personal enrichment.
To that end, The Cooper Union Library applies the information literacy standards of the Association of College and Research Libraries (the general Higher Education standards as well as those developed for Science and Engineering/Technology), which detail the research, analytical and evaluative skills needed for the development of critical judgment, in ways that engage the demands of the curriculum while laying a foundation for lifelong learning. In bibliographic instruction sessions and on an individual basis, Cooper librarians emphasize search strategy, research techniques, and criteria for the evaluation of information, enabling Cooper students to:

  • Determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
  • Retrieve information effectively and efficiently.
  • Critically evaluate the collected information and revise initial query if necessary.
  • Cite sources.
  • Understand the economic, ethical, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and its technologies as an individual or as a member of a group.
  • Use information effectively, ethically, and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • Understand that information literacy is an ongoing process and an important component of lifelong learning.
  • Recognize the need to keep current regarding new developments in his or her field.

The ACRL Information Literacy Standards:
The ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology:

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  Last updated January 10, 2011