Examples of Information Literacy Curriculum Integration

A few examples from a search today for documentation on university/college integration of information literacy objectives and learning into specific curricula.

Biomedical Engineering Information Literacy Plan – New Jersey Inst of Technology

Curriculum Map Chapman University

English at San Jose State University

Information Literacy in Art History

Leddy Library course curriculum mapping (just history so far)

La Trobe University Information Literacy Policy, Procedure and Framework
(AMAZING documentation)


Warburg University curriculum map

Although all of the above examples are useful models, every institution has to look at its own capabilities and limitations at the start of a curriculum integration or large-scale embedded project.   Some of the models  for deeper embedding of information literacy into the curriculum were explored in last week’s ACRL seminar on Embedded Librarians.  I’d suggest that you review the webinar summary on the instruction blog to get some ideas on sustainable and scalable methods. 

Finally, If the idea of curriculum integration of info lit seems too much to contemplate just yet, ease into the idea by examining innovative collaborations between faculty and librarians.  See for example, the excellent U of T Libraries document Getting Started on Collaboration with Classroom Faculty:  A Step by Step Guide for Librarians as well as these real-life examples http://www.teaching.utoronto.ca/topics/coursedesign/flc.htm .

Do you have your own examples of curriculum integration of information literacy?  Share them in the comments section.


Call for Proposals ACRL Research Forum – due Dec 16 2011


What is the ACRL Research Forum?

The ACRL Research Coordinating Committee is pleased to sponsor a new forum to give those doing research in academic library contexts an opportunity to share their work with a national audience at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 21-26, 2012. The ACRL Research Forum will feature three research presentations based on work in progress or completed, followed by discussion. 

Who is expected to submit their work and to make presentations?

Practitioners, new researchers, and experienced researchers are all encouraged to present. Both members and non-members of ACRL are welcome to submit. Those selected will be expected to present their papers in person at the forum at ALA Annual and to register for the conference.

What types of papers are suitable for submission to the ACRL Research Forum?

We welcome papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS related to academic libraries and librarianship. Preference will be given to work that furthers the ACRL Plan for Excellence goals (demonstrating the value of academic libraries, student learning, and research and scholarly environment). For more information see http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/about/whatisacrl/strategicplan/Plan_for_Excellence.pdf .

Works in progress are encouraged. Papers that have been previously published or accepted for publication by December 16, 2011, are not eligible for consideration.

How do I submit a paper?

Submit the required author information and a 500-word abstract by mail or email (mradford@rutgers.edu) to Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., School of Communication and Information, 4 Huntington St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA by Friday, December 16, 2011.

The author information must include: name, email, phone and mailing address of contact person plus name(s) and affiliation(s) of additional authors, if applicable. The 500-word abstract must include the title of the paper, a problem statement, status of research (in progress or complete), problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress). If your research is complete, please confirm that your paper has not been published nor accepted for publication by December 16, 2011.

How will papers be selected and when will I know if my paper has been accepted?

At the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee will conduct a blind review to select a maximum of 3 papers. Review criteria include: significance of the study for academic libraries/librarians; quality and creativity of the methodology; and potential to fill gaps or build on previous research in academic libraries/librarianship, particularly with respect to the ACRL Plan for Excellence goals. All submitters will be notified by February 15, 2012.



New Research from Project Information Literacy

(adapted from A. Head’s email)

Hello all –

We write with lots of news–four new releases–from Project Information Literacy (PIL). Today, we released a new research report about how students manage and use technology during the final weeks of the term, two new PIL videos, and a new Smart Talk interview.
We have included a blurb about each new release below along with an link to the source. As always, we hope you will find our new research useful, informative, and thought-provoking.

1) New PIL Research Report — The Technology Study

“Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time”
Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg
Released: October 1, 2011
How do college students manage and use technology while they are in the library during the final weeks of the term? The report from our ongoing study at the University of Washington’s Information School presents findings from 560 undergraduate interviews conducted at 10 US campuses during spring 2011. Findings suggest students adopt a “less is more” approach to manage and control all of the IT devices and information systems available to them while they are in the library during the final weeks of the term. The study is sponsored with a generous gift from both Cable in the Classroom and Cengage Learning.
2) Research Preview PIL video (2:51 minutes)
Released: October 12, 2011
A research preview video that highlights major findings from the 2011 PIL Technology Study, which had a sample of 560 interview respondents from 10 U.S. campuses in spring 2011.

3) New Smart Talk: Dr. Russell Poldrack, Poldrack Lab, University of Texas at Austin
The Q & A Interview

Released: October 12, 2011

A new PIL “Smart Talk” interview with University of Texas neuroscientist, Dr. Russ Poldrack, who discusses the brain, multitasking, and resulting effects on “deep learning.”

4) Overview PIL video (3:49 minutes)

What is Project Information Literacy?
Released: October 12, 2011
A short video about our ongoing research study at PIL, including our research questions and what we have discovered about how today’s college students find information and conduct research for coursework and in their everyday lives. An introduction to PIL that may be useful to show at brown bag lunches with colleagues and/or to students in class.
Alison J. Head, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, The Information School, The University of Washington
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Library Innovation Lab, Harvard University


Library Impact Data Project

Assessment librarians should be aware of a project in the UK that is examining data from seven universities to discover if there are correlations between use of the library (borrowing of materials, downloading eResources, entering the library) and academic performance.  So far the results have been quite interesting.  You can visit their Web site at http://library.hud.ac.uk/blogs/projects/lidp/

They have developed a Tool Kit and they have links to publications and presentations.


Volunteers needed! Design and staff a Library table @ Teaching & Learning Symposium November 28

At this year’s Teaching and Learning Symposium on November 28, U of T Libraries has been invited to organize and staff a display area for teaching and learning-related materials for symposium attendees.

This would be a great way to connect with instructors who are known to be interested in teaching improvement and share ideas.

Want to help? Contact Rita Vine.




Loex May 1-5 2012 Columbus Ohio

The 2012 LOEX conference is in Columbus Ohio (a day’s drive from Toronto) May 3-5 2012

Update September 21 2011:  conference date change and Call for Proposals
Energize! Accelerate! Transform!
40th Annual LOEX Conference
May 3 – 5, 2012
Columbus, Ohio
Proposals due: Friday, November 18, 2011


WILU 2012 May 23-25 2012

WILU 2012 will be in Edmonton, Alberta, May 23-25 2012, hosted by Grant MacEwan University. Contact wilu2012@macewan.ca for more information. http://sites.macewan.ca/wilu2012/

“We must never lose sight of the values of the past, vigour, thrift, self-resourcefulness, upon which the individual and the nations of the world will stand or fall.”
~ Grant MacEwan (Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, 1966-1974)
Inspired by the words of our namesake, this year the conference theme of “Vigour, Thrift, and Resourcefulness” builds upon Grant MacEwan’s legacy and encourages participants to reflect on how we might ensure sustainable, accountable information literacy programs that build on past successes while embracing growth and change.


Fall Info-Lit related seminars from ACRL

Fall Info Lit Learning Opportunities from ACRL:
Service Learning and Information Literacy: Models for Engagement (Webcast: October 4, 2011): The service learning (SL) and civic engagement movement is growing rapidly in higher education yet its connection to libraries and librarians is infrequently discussed. This webcast will define and promote SL collaborations between librarians, faculty, students and community partners.

Embedded Librarians: Integrating Information Literacy Instruction at the Point of Need(Webcast: October 25, 2011): More and more libraries are adopting embedded librarianship as an approach to creating an integrated and sustained library instruction presence in classes across the curriculum. In this webcast, practicing embedded librarians will describe examples of successful projects across the range of academic levels and departments, including both online and on-campus instruction.

Creating a “Social Life” for Information Literacy Instruction in Libraries (Online Seminar: October 31 – November 18, 2011): This course will explore new ways that instruction librarians can retool their instructional approaches to actively engage students in the process of information retrieval and knowledge creation.

Complete details are available on the ACRL e-Learning Web site.