How is information literacy taught? Students are more likely to learn the concepts and skills in the context of an academic course when they have an information problem to solve. For that reason, information literacy best practices recommend integrating the teaching of information literacy into the curriculum. Ideally, information literacy competencies are sequenced and integrated into the curriculum of an academic department. As students move through their major, they master increasingly sophisticated competencies.
What do librarians offer for curriculum planning? On a programmatic level, librarians are available to map information literacy competencies onto an existing departmental curriculum, or to work with departments to build those sequenced competencies into a revised curriculum.
How can librarians support faculty in the teaching of information literacy? Librarians are available to assist faculty in teaching information literacy skills to their students in a number of ways. These methods, which can be combined, include:
collaborating with faculty to create effective research assignments
creating exercises for faculty to assign to students to teach information literacy concepts (ex: the difference between scholarly and popular resources)
creating course research guides for a specific assignment
library instruction sessions
involving a librarian in your online course (ex: Blackboard)
How do I know if students are learning? Completed exercise results are measured individually against library student learning outcomes after instruction session. Group results and student feedback are compiled annually in oder to evaluate program effectiveness, and identify areas for improvement. Faculty are encouraged, as well, to apply class credit to students based on results of library exercise.