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Information Literacy

About information literacy


In 2015, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) issued the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to encourage the ideation of more complex information literacy initiatives. To set the stage, they defined information literacy as:

"the 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."

The Framework outlines key concepts and best practices of information literacy initiatives.

"The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. These are the six concepts that anchor the frames, presented alphabetically:
  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual;
  • Information Creation as a Process;
  • Information Has Value;
  • Research as Inquiry;
  • Scholarship as Conversation; and
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration."

— ACRL, Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, Introduction.


The ACRL Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee compiled information literacy disciplinary standards and curricula that were developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education. Explore the Information Literacy in the Disciplines Guide.

Information literacy at IU Kokomo

Information literacy is a general education learning outcome at Indiana University Kokomo. It intertwines with critical thinking and research/writing processes. The Library leads the promotion, teaching, and assessment of information literacy across the campus.

A primary way we integrate information literacy into the curriculum is through instruction sessions. A typical session provides your students with an orientation on essential library resources and research strategies. We also like to include interactive class activities, such as group discussions and hands-on exercises, to engage your students.

Here are some potential instruction modules:

  • Choosing a research topic.
  • Selecting keywords.
  • Searching strategies.
  • Finding scholarly resources.
  • Evaluating sources.

We would be happy to customize an instruction session based on your course learning outcomes and research assignments.

Scheduling instruction

An instruction session should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance using the online request form. We traditionally regard the last week of classes and the final exams period as quiet study periods for students, so we do not schedule instruction during these times. Course instructors are strongly encouraged to attend instruction sessions with their classes.

Request library instruction

It's most helpful to have an assignment or specific coursework in mind when you schedule library instruction. This allows the librarian who will teach your session to prepare a more customized and effective presentation for your students. Contact Yan He, Information Literacy Librarian, or your liaison librarian for assistance with creating a new assignment or updating an existing one.

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Last Updated: 8 January 2019

Last updated: 01/08/2019