Library Proficiency Exam Information
This page is for SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury students only
Note: At this time the Spring 2020 exam is cancelled. If you need the 5ITL requirement for graduation in May, please contact us at [email protected]
What is the LIB Proficiency Exam?
The proficiency exam is an online proctored exam for the LIB course. By passing the proficiency exam, you meet the information and technology literacy general education requirement, but do not receive a credit hour. Consult with your advisor about ways to best make up the loss of this credit hour in your total degree requirements.
If you are not a branch campus student, please see Main Campus LIB 200 & LIB exams.
Who is Eligible to Take the LIB Proficiency Exam?
Anyone who has never received ANY grade for LIB105 or LIB200 is eligible to proficiency-out of the LIB course by passing the LIB proficiency exam. You are NOT eligible to take the exam if…
- you already have a grade for an LIB course (including W);
- you are currently enrolled in an LIB course;
- you have taken the exam previously.
A student may take the library proficiency exam only once.
How to Prepare
You are prepared for the exam if you've done a lot of research in the Feinberg Library, using print and electronic sources, or if you've done significant research at comparable university libraries and are also familiar with Feinberg's specific resources and services. The exam also covers basic concepts and skills in academic computing and software commonly used by students at SUNY Plattsburgh.
You can also prepare by reading the library text “Information Literacy & Technology” by Carla J. List. The text is available at the SUNY Adirondack Library. One copy (2013) is on reserve at the library's circulation desk for in-library use. The library also has two circulating copies that you may borrow for a two-week loan. You may also want to review The Information Literacy User's Guide: An Open Online Textbook.
How Do I Know if I Passed?
Students will know immediately after finishing the 50-question multiple choice exam if they have passed. Passing this exam fulfills the information technology general education requirement.
Exam Date and Location (Branch Campus Students Only Please):
The exam will be held in the Regional Higher Education Center, room 147. Please remember to bring your Plattsburgh at ADK picture ID. Also, please be sure that you know how to log into SUNY Adirondack campus computers as well as your Plattsburgh NetID and password. If you do not know how to do this, please check with Michelle Howland in our office.
SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury students only, please.