Information Skills, Support and Training

Good information skills help you successfully find, use and evaluate information which is key to academic success and lifelong learning.

Why are Information Skills important?

During your time in ATU Donegal, you will be expected to read course materials and to complete assignments set out by your lecturers. The majority of the material is provided as recommended reading lists and printed course packs through ATU Donegal’s VLE BlackboardLearnOnline.

You will also be expected to develop your learning, and do research beyond what is set by your lecturers, in order to show your understanding of the subjects you are studying. This requires you to search, find and evaluate information independently on the topics you are studying. To do this effectively, you will need good information skills. With information accessible in various formats and quality, it is important that students have the skills needed to allow them to use the variety of information resources available and to retrieve, evaluate and use that information successfully.

Examples of information skills training include:

  • Library inductions
  • Information sources
  • Using the library catalogue
  • Citing and referencing with Zotero
  • Using electronic resources
  • Bibliographic database searching

In the wider context, information skills are important in helping to increase information literacy. Information literacy is 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.” (ALA, 1989) Integrating information literacy into the curriculum is about building skills for independent lifelong learning.

Library Induction Tours
By attending library induction tours, you will learn how to identify different information resources in the library. You can also learn how to use library research databases and how to develop effective information searching techniques. You will be invited to attend these courses in your class groups.

All library induction/information skills sessions must be booked by your lecturers. In Letterkenny campus, contact and in the School of Tourism, Killybegs campus, contact to book these sessions. Both library and classroom based induction and research skills sessions are provided for all students.

User Education Staff​

The user education staff look forward to meeting and helping you at the library induction tours and information skills sessions.

More Information:

Information Literacy CILIP Information Literacy Group
Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education ALA
Integrating Information Literacy into the Curriculum CONUL