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SUNY Plattsburgh LIB Course Proficiency Exam

Main Campus - Exam Dates and Registration Information 

Spring 2016
Sunday Jan. 24, 2016 - Walk-in Exam (no pre-registration required) 4pm in FL108.


Queensbury campus - Exam Dates and Registration Information  

Spring 2016 exam date - Wednesday April 13 at 3pm. Exam Registration Information

Information for Distance Learners wishing to take the LIB Proficiency Exam

What is the LIB Proficiency Exam?

The Proficiency Exam is an online proctored exam for the LIB course. It is offered the Sunday before the start of the Fall and Spring semesters and during advising. 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.

Who is eligible to take an 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.

How to Prepare

You are prepared for the exam if you've done a lot of research in Feinberg Library, using print and electronic sources, or if you've done significant research at comparable university libraries. The exam covers basic concepts and skills in academic research, ethical use of information including citations, and search techniques.

You can also prepare by reading the text, Information Literacy & Technology, by Carla J. List. The text is on reserve at the Feinberg Library's second-floor Service Desk and the SUNY Adirondack Library. You may also want to review The Information Literacy User's Guide: An Open Online Textbook (a free pdf download).

Contact Information:

Michelle Toth, LIB Exam Coordinator
Office: Feinberg 306A
Phone: (518) 564-5225