Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is a vital skill in the information age. Information literacy is the ability to recognize when and what information is needed, and the knowledge of how to define appropriate search strategies, determine relevant sources, locate, critically evaluate and ethically use information in all formats.

Guiding Documents

We rely on national and local standards and statements to guide, improve, and assess our practice as teaching librarians.

National Resources from ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Local Standards from University of Illinois

Professional Development Resources

Checklist for New Librarians and Others with Teaching Responsibilities

This University of Illinois document helps new librarians orient themselves to information literacy practices and resources.

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a campus-wide service unit responsible for assisting faculty, academic units, and teaching assistants in improving instruction.

Teaching Advancement Board

Administers the Provost’s Initiative on Teaching Advancement, the Travel Grant program, grants for teaching and curricula workshops, the campus instructional awards program, and the Distinguished Teacher/Scholar Program. The board also supports college-based professional development programs on teaching effectiveness.

Tips on teaching

Ideas on active learning and collaborative learning that you can use in your classes.

Tips on assessment

“Institutional assessment efforts should not be concerned about valuing what can be measured, but instead about measuring what is valued.” -A. W. Astin

Tips on writing learning outcomes

How to write learning outcomes.


User Education Committee

The User Education Committee was the hub of the information literacy community at the University of Illinois library until 2018.

Professional organizations that support library teaching

Resources and Support

For More Help

If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us and we will help you find what you need.

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction