The Instruction and Information Literacy Program

Remote Library Instruction

Librarians will continue to support courses through asynchronous instruction. We can work with faculty and students via email, on Canvas, and in meetings in Zoom.

To incorporate a librarian into your Canvas course, please contact your School Registrar and tell them to add your librarian with the role “support, no gradebook”. See the Integrating the library into Canvas guide for more information.

Other Instructional Resources:

Please reach out to your individual subject librarian to talk through your needs regarding assignments, research support for students, and other support for your course.

Library Instruction Offerings

  • General information literacy instruction that address learning outcomes customized to your class
  • Discipline-specific information literacy instruction customized to your class
  • Special Collections instruction
  • Data Management and GIS instruction
  • Assignment design for assignments that have an information literacy or research component
  • Online learning objects customized to your course
Request Library Instruction

Partnering with a Librarian

This is a partnership between the librarian and faculty member, and therefore should be viewed as a shared experience. Faculty and Librarians should negotiate learning outcomes together. Library Instruction has the biggest impact on student learning when it is tied to an assignment with a research component. 

Library instruction takes place in your classroom, or in one of Olin Library’s instruction rooms.

To schedule a session or find out more about library instruction, use the request form above, or reach out to:

You may also contact Amanda Albert, Information Literacy Coordinator with general questions about the instruction program or instruction rooms at or 314-935-6396.

Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate a holistic approach to information literacy instruction by engaging the WashU community through intentionally designed class sessions, assignments, workshops, and consultations where learners are introduced to the scholarly sphere, critical thinking, issues of access and privilege, and strive to achieve greater cultural awareness.

Information Literacy

Washington University Libraries defines information literacy as:

The ability to think critically about the production, communication, dissemination, and ethics of information in professional and personal settings.

An information literate person at Washington University will…

  1. Believe in one’s abilities to complete research
  2. Understand how to make inferences and use information as evidence to make an argument
  3. Understand how information is produced and disseminated, as well as how the information producers and disseminators affect the authority of the source
  4. Investigate whose voices are missing or excluded from a conversation in a rethinking of what authority means
  5. Use information ethically

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.