The Instruction and Information Literacy Program

Remote Library Instruction for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Library instruction is only available remotely for the fall 2020 semester. Librarians are committed to supporting courses through asynchronous instruction. This can be done in a variety of ways including as Support in Canvas, 1:1 or small group meetings in Zoom, or via email.

If you require synchronous instruction, this can be accomplished via Zoom, and your librarian will work with you on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to your individual subject librarian to talk through your needs regarding assignments, research support for students, and other instructional support for your course. 

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:

Partnering with a Library Staff Member

This is a partnership between library instruction staff and faculty instructors, and therefore should be viewed as a shared experience. Faculty and Library staff 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 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

To schedule a session or find out more about library instruction, reach out to:

Mission of Information Literacy Instruction

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.

The Importance of Information Literacy in Your Course

Think “digital natives” don’t need digital guidance? Think again. Researcher Sam Wineburg and educator Rafranz Davis bust that myth and discuss ways to help students exercise their power, including working with librarians in the classroom.

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.