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LIB199: Information Literacy in Higher Education

The librarians are responsible for teaching a GER course on information literacy and research skills to all students.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Accessing print and electronic library materials
  • Understanding search strategies, metadata, and controlled vocabularies
  • Identifying and obtaining materials from the online Catalog
  • Searching the Library's collection of Digital Resources
  • Requesting materials from other libraries when needed
  • Evaluating online and other resources
  • Understanding basic ethical and copyright issues related to plagiarism and academic integrity



Project Information Literacy is a public benefit non-profit, "dedicated to conducting an ongoing, large-scale research study about early adults and their research habits." By studying the information habits of early adults across different groups, they hope to discover how teaching information literacy skills can result in beneficial life-long learning habits.


What Is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is a key component of the work we do here 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.

Textbook: LIB 199

Library Instruction

The Reference Librarians are available to provide instruction to any class, introducing students to information resources and research techniques. Librarians are willing to lead these sessions or, if the faculty member prefers, provide the information to the faculty member for their syllabus.

These sessions can be customized to the needs of the course both in length and in topic. Instructors are required to be present with their students for these sessions. At least one week's notice is requested when scheduling these sessions.

Please contact a Reference Librarian to schedule a session.

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