Jack C. Taylor Library

What Is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is a key component of the work we do at the Jack C. Taylor Library. The Association of College & Research Libraries defines information literacy as a "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" (from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education).

As members of a shared academic community, each of us serves as active consumers and creators in the evolving information landscape. And with the evolution of information have come changes in our shared responsibilities. From the 2015 Framework:

  • Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data, and scholarship ethically.
  • Teaching faculty have a greater responsibility in designing curricula and assignments that foster enhanced engagement with the core ideas about information and scholarship within their disciplines.
  • Librarians have a greater responsibility in identifying core ideas within their own knowledge domain that can extend learning for students, in creating a new cohesive curriculum for information literacy, and in collaborating more extensively with faculty.

We're here to help you find what you need, evaluate what you find, and determine how to use that information in meaningful and appropriate ways. Learn more about the ACRL Framework is available HERE.

Library Statement in Your Syllabus

Use the following statement in your syllabus or in your Canvas course to connect students to appropriate people or resources in the library. 

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The librarian for our course is Amanda Albert. Amanda can be contacted by email aalbert@fontbonne.edu. Feel free to reach out to her with questions about research for course projects or library services. Reference staff contact information is also available at https://library.fontbonne.edu/home/about

Additionally research guides have been prepared to support your work:

Appropriate Research Guides Link here. 

Information Literacy Instruction

Librarians provide information literacy instruction for all disciplines across the university. All sessions are customized to the course and should be aligned with an assignment, either existing or co-created with the librarian. 

  • A meeting with the librarian is required to better understand the information needs of the students and to develop a plan for the instruction session.
  • The instructor should plan to be present and participate in the instruction session.
  • At least one week's notice is requested when scheduling a session, and are given on a first-come-first-served basis. 
  • Contact Amanda Albert for all information literacy sessions or Rebecca van Kniest for sessions that involve special collections, the University Archives, or the Center for Bosnian Studies. 

For more information on our Information Literacy Program see our website


LIB199: Information Literacy in Higher Education

Librarians teach LIB199: Information Literacy in Higher Education, a GER course on information literacy and research skills to all first year and some transfer students. This course introduces students to college level secondary research methods, tools, and resources they'll encounter in the library. The course is currently undergoing revision in summer 2023, and will include updated content on ChatGPT, understanding various types of scholarly information, and basic information evaluation. 

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