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Faculty Resources: ILAC HISTORY
Vogel Library and the ILAC Program history

Explanation of the ILAC Plan (Information Literacy Across the Curriculum) plus common research-related resources for faculty

Building Timeline + Documents

1959
 

Homuth Library

  • The first library structure on the Waverly campus.

1972
 

Engelbrecht Library

  • Significant building upgrades were made to the existing Homuth Library structure, including the addition of a second floor.
  • August Engelbrecht was Wartburg College's president from 1909-1933.

1999
 

Robert and Sally Vogel Library

  • Significant building upgrades were made to the existing Engelbrecht structure, including the addition of a large "learner's library" space at the front and a rotunda including the Konditerei coffee shop.
  • Robert Vogel was Wartburg College's president from 1980-1998; significant donations were made by the Vogels for the purpose of this update.

More information can be found by searching in the Wartburg Archives or contacting Karen Lehmann, Emeritus Librarian, at karen.lehmann@wartburg.edu.

ILAC Program at Wartburg: Introduction, History, and Philosophy

Introduction

Vogel Library's mission is to educate information-literate lifelong learners. Our information literacy program is the flagship of that effort, with all library resources, spaces, people, programs, and instruction contributing toward this goal. Such a unified approach to student success helps the library be instrumental in a campus culture that fosters and encourages a rich variety of learning-focused research, accountability, and integrative inquiry. In order to achieve such outcomes, we supported the national Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education,  active from 2000-2016.

We also recognize that libraries have an ongoing responsibility to help students create new knowledge, understand the changing dynamics of the world of information, and use information, data, and scholarship ethically. Such conceptual understandings about research and scholarship are supported by ACRL's  The Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which officially replaced the ACRL Standards in June of 2016.

At Vogel Library, we strive to make every encounter an educational experience that reinforces concepts and offers guided practice, whether at the service desk, in an instructional setting, through individual or group consultations, or via the many ways we offer personal or online assistance. See more on the rest of this guide or in the ILAC brochure, to the left.

History

As part of the college-wide initiative that developed the Wartburg Plan of Essential Education, the Information Literacy Across the Curriculum (ILAC) program at Wartburg College began in Fall 2000. The ILAC program featured embedded information literacy components within five core courses of the Plan of Essential Education and within each department. This innovative program quickly earned national recognition from the Association of College & Research Libraries for “Best Practices in Information Literacy” in 2002, and the program has been cited multiple times in the literature discussing the development of information literacy programs. See "Learner's Library" document to the left for then-director Jill Gremmels' vision.

Following an internal review beginning in 2010, the library began using updated language to describe the ILAC program (see the tab to the left, "ILAC Plan and Support for Faculty). This language builds on the existing foundation by expanding the scope to be more intentional in integrating information literacy throughout the students' academic development. The comprehensive approach of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced steps stresses the importance of information literacy not just in course-related research, but also in developing and assessing relevant skills and dispositions important to a Wartburg graduate as outlined in the College's Common Learning Outcomes. It provides a scaffold to build upon as we begin to incorporate the nationally-approved information literacy framework — which ultimately strengthens our mission of educating information-literate lifelong learners.

As Wartburg increasingly focuses on selected learning outcomes, such as the ability of students to demonstrate inquiry in academic pursuits (Deep & Distinctive Knowledge), and to work with others to communicate effectively based on a solid background of appropriate research, data, and discourse (Collaboration / Communication), Vogel Library provides appropriate and relevant materials in multiple formats, technologically-rich spaces, learning-focused instruction, and librarian expertise to aid students in reaching their goals and assessing their success.

Additionally, in support of Wartburg College's Strategic Plan 2010-2020, the current ILAC program looks to expand deep and integrative learning (Goal 1) by supporting the development of essential intellectual skills necessary for academic success and reviewing existing practices and exploring new opportunities (Objectives 2 and 3); as well as identifying and implementing appropriate methods of assessment (Objective 4). The ILAC Program is central in maintaining a long-range plan for the Library regarding teaching and learning infrastructure (Goal 4) and is pivotal in supporting the "Learning" pillar of Wartburg College's mission. See "ILAC at Wartburg, 1994-2015" to the left for more historical highlights.

Philosophy

Vogel Library's mission is to educate information-literate lifelong learners.  This mission exists in direct support of Wartburg College's claim that “students will live out their learning beyond the classroom and develop a spirit of lifelong inquiry.”  Our ILAC program, integrated into academic courses in partnership with faculty, is the flagship of that effort, but all library operations contribute to this goal.  Whether it be acquisitions, reference-assistance, technology, staffing, space-planning, resource-sharing, circulation, or instruction, the many aspects of Vogel Library are student-centered and mission-driven.

While, as described in the Introduction, we did embrace ACRL's national Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and that document's definition of information literacy: “a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information”; we now fully support and articulate the ILAC Plan outcomes using the language of the ACRL's The Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education.

The Framework grows out of a belief that information literacy will realize its potential only through a richer, more complex set of core ideas, and it describes the role that knowledge practices and dispositions play in designing learning outcomes. It offers an expanded definition of information literacy and is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The Framework offers an expanded definition of information literacy that emphasizes individual growth and community learning that is not yet in the official language of this college, although the underlying values are certainly echoed across our Plan of Essential Education, Mission, and Strategic Plan:

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

Wartburg College's ILAC outcomes do prepare students to interact with information through the six frames of the ACRL Framework from a variety of viewpoints and abilities. In fact, Wartburg's ILAC Plan is particularly suited to the frames, due to its innate attention to the idea of degrees of ability and application within discipline-specific scenarios.

In an environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources, individuals face diverse, abundant information choices in their academic studies, the workplace, and their personal lives. As such, regardless of college major, it is critical that Wartburg graduates develop and apply the skills and dispositions to navigate and collaborate in an information-rich world.

We continue to share in campus examination of the role information literacy plays in deeper and integrative learning.  We believe it serves as a transformative part of the Wartburg experience, in and out of the classroom.  Course-integrated instruction, in partnership with librarians, connects with real and holistic needs, as well as allowing practice and reinforcement of vital life skills integral to student learning in all disciplines.   As our students inquire, evaluate and incorporate knowledge, draw and share conclusions, and grow ethically in the process, Wartburg's ILAC program provides an essential link between the academic library, core scholastic practice, and real-life applications.