The Instruction and Information Literacy Program

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/GIS instruction
  • Assignment design for assignments that have an information literacy or research component
  • Online learning objects customized to your course

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, reach out to your subject librarian, the Special Collections department, or Data Services. 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.

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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.

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.