The Instruction and Information Literacy Program

The Instruction and Information Literacy Program

The Instruction and Information Literacy Program engages undergraduate and graduate students in disciplinary applications of information literacy skills and behaviors. This program coordinates and facilitates the deployment of Libraries-wide subject and information expertise to provide instruction in information literacy through various methods, including face-to-face instruction sessions, online learning objects, and assignment design. Grounded in evidence-based teaching, the program promotes holistic, student-centered instruction where students are engaged in active learning and metacognitive processes, resulting in the mastery of skills (current and life-long) to appropriately use information and become successful scholars in a complex information environment.

Instruction Offerings

  • General information literacy instruction that address learning outcomes customized to your class
  • Discipline specific information literacy instruction customized to your class
  • Assignment design for assignments that have an information literacy or research component
  • Online learning objects customized to your course
    • Research Guides
    • Learning Management System Modules
    • Quizzes, Tutorials, and Assessments

Learning Outcomes

Currently, these are based on the outcomes of each individual course and the goals of the class in which the librarian will be visiting or providing some sort of library-mediated instruction. Faculty and Librarians should negotiate these outcomes together. Information Literacy Instruction has the biggest impact on student learning when it is tied to an assignment with a research component. 

Instructors

Information Literacy instruction takes place in your classroom, or in one of Olin Library’s new instruction rooms. It is a partnership between the librarian and faculty member, and therefore should be viewed as a shared experience.

To schedule a session or find out more about information literacy instruction in your classroom, reach out to your subject librarian or the special collections department. You may also contact Amanda Albert, Information Literacy Coordinator with general questions about the instruction program or instruction rooms at amandabalbert@wustl.edu or 314-935-6396.

What is Information Literacy?

The Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education defines information literacy as:

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.

Why is Information Literacy Important?

Higher Educational Institutions recognize that in an age where information is created, disseminated, curated, and consumed on a 24/7 basis, it is important to understand how to responsibly use information for professional and personal purposes. Academic librarians at these institutions provide students and faculty with the knowledge, tools, skills, and behaviors needed to obtain materials in a variety of media and formats in order to effectively find, evaluate, and apply relevant information to their studies, teaching, and research.