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IL at WilmU

Studies have shown that students characterize their own research competencies as inadequate for university-level work, and recognize that their research skills need improving (Head & Eisenberg, 2013, p. 3)

Many faculty report that while they would like students to acquire IL skills, they would rather it did not take away from their class time (Gonzales, 2001; Bury 2011).

Take time to review the Information Literacy Faculty Toolkit as you plan your information literacy efforts.

And remember, Librarians are always available to work with you to integrate these or other IL activities and assignments into your classes.

Information Literacy Framework

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) approved the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in February 2015. This framework expands on the standards and "grows out of a belief that information literacy as an educational reform movement will realize its potential only through a richer, more complex set of core ideas." (ACRL) 

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. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically:

  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information Has Value
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration

Librarians at many institutions are collaborating with faculty to identify how best to apply the Framework to local curriculum and mission. For updates, community feedback, and a shared "toolbox" of assignments, assessments, and curriculum examples, please visit the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education Wordpress site.

What can Librarians Do?

Librarians can help faculty to:

1. Create better research assignments

  • Process over product
  • Tiered paper approach
  • Suggest alternatives to the 5-7 pages
    • Annotated bibliography
    • Literature review
    • Bibliographic essay
    • Evaluate and edit a Wikipedia entry
    • Grant or research proposal

2. Create tiered research assignments

  • Thesis/topic meeting
  • Research log/journal
  • Preliminary bibliography
  • Outline/introduction
  • Mid-point check
  • Drafts
  • Final paper

3. Embed smaller research components

  • Explain citations
  • Explain source types
  • Suggest disciplinary sources
  • Explain terminology (primary vs. secondary)
  • Explain information cycle

4. Teach Ubiquity

  • Research is not disconnected from the classroom
  • Research is not an outside skill
  • Research skills are necessary for all students' work