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.(From the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy web site)
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)
- Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
- Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
- Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries
- Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators
Local Standards from University of Illinois
- Statement on Learning Goals
- Unit Plan for Assessing and Improving Student Learning
- Illinois Library Five Year Vision
Professional Development Resources
This University of Illinois document helps new librarians orient themselves to information literacy practices and resources.
The Center for Teaching Excellence 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.
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.
“The Illinois Online Network (ION) is a collaboration of thirty-one community colleges and the University of Illinois working together to advance utilization of Internet-based instruction and service throughout the state of Illinois.” Their ION Resources page has links to such information as an overview of online learning, instructional design for online course development, web design for online courses, evaluation of online courses, and tutorials for programs used to create online course content.
Ideas on active learning and collaborative learning that you can use in your classes.
“Institutional assessment efforts should not be concerned about valuing what can be measured, but instead about measuring what is valued.” -A. W. Astin
How to write learning outcomes.
The User Education Committee is the hub of the information literacy community at the University of Illinois library.
Professional organizations that support library teaching
- ACRL Immersion Program
- LIRT (Library Instruction Roundtable — ALA)
- IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations)
Resources and Support
- Information Literacy Journals
- Information Literacy Blogs
- Library Workshop Calendar
- Instructional facilities
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