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Online Students Use of the Library

This guide is intended for students who are using the library online to help guide the experience and make the library website easier to understand and use!

Penn State Digital Badges

The Penn State University Libraries have been innovators in digital badges. Watch the video below to learn just how innovative we have been!

Learning Pathway of Digital Badges

A flow chart showing the steps of earning a digital badge from beginning to end. The image starts with the earner choosing their badge and ends with choosing how the badge should be displayed, publicly or private.

Information Literacy Digital Badges Graphic Organizer

This hierarchy shows the information literacy digital badges that the library has created. At the lowest level is the library tour stamp, the next level has 10 badges, the next level has three metabadges that you earn if you earn the 10 lower badges and they are questioner of information, organizer of information, and savvy searcher, the top line has the uber badge which is earned after the rest of the badges are earned.

Information Literacy Digital Badges

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How to Access Digital Badges

Penn State has its own badging system that you can use to earn different digital badges. There are many more badges than just the information literacy badges. However, we will direct you to the information literacy badges for the purpose of this guide on how to use the library. 

How to Earn Digital Badges

Adding a digital badge to your learning pathway to earn is quite simple! A digital badge is broken down into a series of steps and each step is evaluated by a librarian where we look at your work and if you have met the learning outcomes for that badge. After you have successfully completed all of the steps the badge will be awarded to you. You can keep this badge within Penn State or export it to systems like the Mozilla backpack or even your LinkedIn profile!