Information Literacy Instruction

What is Information Literacy?

The Presidential Committee on Information Literacy (1989) defined information literacy as "the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information." Since this seminal white paper, both information literacy competency standards and frames were introduced to quantify and define the scope of skills and pedagogy necessary to understand the broader issue. The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is the current document of practice for information literacy educators.

We Can Help!

Clermont College librarians are committed to student-centered learning. We design lessons intentionally with active learning in mind. Just tell us what you'd like students to learn and we'll develop an information literacy session based around information literacy concepts and skills, not just library search tools. We offer information literacy support for classes offered both in-person and online, as well as hybrid course offerings.

Example topics for an information literacy session include the following:

  • Decoding the differences between popular and scholarly
  • Transitioning from research topic to literature search
  • Generating keywords and keyword synonyms
  • Selecting appropriate search tools
  • Searching efficiently
  • Using a variety of source types to support your claims
  • Evaluating information found on the world wide web

How Do I Get Started?

Check out the Information Literacy Resources for Faculty at Clermont page. To schedule an instruction session or discuss embedding a librarian in your course, contact the Instruction Librarian.