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Literature/Links about Information Literacy 




Information literacy overview

JIL Journal of Information Literacy -- international, peer-reviewed journal


Rockman, I. (2004). Integrating information literacy into the higher education curriculum : Practical

     models for transformation. San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.
Swanson, Troy A. (2004). A radical step: Implementing a critical information literacy model. portal:
     Libraries and the Academy 4(2), 259-273.

Information Literacy Standards and Guidelines

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education -- Association of College and Research Libraries


Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction: A Model Statement for Academic Librarians -- Association of College and Research Libraries


Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries -- Association of College and Research Libraries


Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy That Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline -- Association of College and Research Libraries


Information Literacy in the Disciplines -- Association of College and Research Libraries: Instruction Section



Collaboration with faculty

Grafstein, A. (2002). A discipline-based approach to information literacy. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 28(4), 197-204. 


Collaborative/group work


Web tutorials

ANTS: Animated Tutorial Sharing Project

Clearinghouse for tutorials.


Carlos and Eddie's guide to Bruin Success with Less Stress - UCLA

Tutorial on plagiarism, copyright, and intellectual property


CLUE - University of Wisconsin Madison

A nicely done flash tutorial on the basics of research.  The first section, designed to build student buy-in, is particularly good.


Dr. Cite Right — Central Piedmont Community College.

Flash tutorial on plagiarism.  Great animation.


Information Cycle - Penn State

A 5-10 minute video discussing the differences between different sources of information, using the school shooting at Columbine as an example.


inflite - University of Evansville (Indiana)

This tutorial builds upon TILT, of the University of Texas system, and Searchpath, of Western Michigan University.


MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Teaching Online

"MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed, higher education, online learning materials created by registered members, and a set of faculty development support services. "


PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online - Association of College and Research Libraries

PRIMO selects, reviews, and presents one outstanding tutorial per month.


SatchLCall - Library of Congress Call Number System Tutorial - University of Pittsburgh

Great hands-on exercise for learning Library of Congress call numbers.  Available in basic or advanced versions.


Searchpath - Western Michigan University

An updated version of the TILT tutorial from the Universityof Texas system.


Waikato Information Skills Education -- University of Waikato


Learning communities

Bloom, D., & Sommo, C. (2005). Building Learning Communities: Early Results from the Opening Doors Demonstration at Kingsborough Community College. MDRC. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED485506).


Browne, M., & Minnick, K. (2005). The Unnecessary Tension Between Learning Communities and Intellectual Growth. College Student Journal, 39(4), 775-783.


Dabney, D., Green, L., & Topalli, V. (2006). Freshman Learning Communities in Criminology and Criminal Justice: An Effective Tool for Enhancing Student Recruitment and Learning Outcomes. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 17(1), 44-68. Retrieved Saturday, May 13, 2006 from author’s website: http://chhs.gsu.edu/cj/docs/Topalli%20RCJE_A.pdf


Hardesty, L. (Ed.). (2007). The role of the library in the first college year (Monograph No. 45). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.


Hotchkiss, J., Moore, R., & Melinda Pitts, M. (2005). Freshman Learning Communities, College Performance, and Retention. Working Paper Series (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta), 2005(22), 1-26.


James, P., Bruch, P., & Jehangir, R. (2006). Ideas in Practice: Building Bridges in a Multicultural Learning Community. Journal of Developmental Education, 29(3), 10-18.


Look to Midcareer Faculty for Learning Communities. (2006). Academic Leader 22 (4), 3.


Moller, L., Huett, J., Holder, D., Young, J., Harvey, D., & Godshalk, V. (2005). Examining the Impact of Learning Communities on Motivation. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 6(2), 137-143.


Muijs, D., Harris, A., Chapman, C., Stoll, L., & Russ, J. (2004). Improving Schools in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Areas - A Review of Research Evidence. School Effectiveness & School Improvement, 15(2), 149-175.


National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. (2002). Readings on the First-Year Experience. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina. Retrieved Monday, May 15, 2006 from http://www.sc.edu/fye/resources/fyr/bibliography.html.


Policy Center on the First Year of College. Retrieved May 15, 2006 from http://www.firstyear.org/


Price, D. (2005). Learning Communities and Student Success in Postsecondary Education. A Background Paper. MDRC. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED489439). Retrieved Saturday, May 13, 2006 from the ERIC database. http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2/content_storage_01/0000000b/80/31/3f/e0.pdf


Shapiro, N.S. & Levine, J.J. (1999). Creating Learning Communities: A Practical Guide to Winning Support, Organizing for Change and Implementing Programs. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Smith, B.L., MacGregor, J., Matthews, R.S., and Gabelnick, F. (2004). Learning Communities: Reforming Undergraduate Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Talburt, S., & Boyles, D. (2005). Reconsidering Learning Communities: Expanding the Discourse by Challenging the Discourse. JGE: The Journal of General Education, 54(3), 209-236.


Tinto, V. (1998). Learning Communities: Building Gateways to Student Success. National Teaching and Learning Forum 7(4). Retrieved May 15, 2006 from http://www.ntlf.com/html/lib/suppmat/74tinto.htm.


Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education. Retrieved May 15, 2006 from http://www.evergreen.edu/washcenter/home.asp#.



Angelo, T.A., & Cross, K.P. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers. Jossey-Bass.

Well-respected authors list assessment methods for college courses.  Not library-specific.


Assessment of Classroom Instruction - North Carolina State University Libraries

A step-by-step overview of the assessment cycle, as it applies to library instruction.  The site also provides an excellent bibliography.


Burkhardt, J. (2007). Assessing Library Skills. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 7(1), 25-49.

A study of student learning during a 3-credit information literacy course at the Univesity of Rhode Island.  Includes the survey used.


Callison, D. (1998). Authentic assessment. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 14(5). Retrieved November 8, 2007, from http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/slmrb/editorschoiceb/infopower/selectcallison85.cfm


Emmons, M., & Martin, W. (2002). Engaging conversation: Evaluating the contribution of library instruction to the quality of student research.

College & Research Libraries, 63(6), 545-60. Retrieved November 8, 2007 from http://news.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crljournal/backissues2002b/novembe



Herman, J. L. (1992). What research tells us about good assessment. Educational Leadership, 49(8), 74-78.


Maki, P. L. (2002). Developing an assessment plan to learn about student learning. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 28(1), 8-13.


Meyer, C. (1992). What's the difference between authentic and performance assessment? Educational Leadership 49 (8), 39-40.


Mittermeyer, D. & Quirion, D. (2003).  Information Literacy: Study of Incoming First Year Undergraduates in Quebec.  Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities.  Retrieved July 6, 2007 from http://www.crepuq.qc.ca/documents/bibl/formation/studies_Ang.pdf

An in-depth study examining the information literacy skills of students entering universities in Quebec.  Includes French and English versions of the questionnaire used.


Neely, T.Y. (2006). Information Literacy Assessment: Standards-Based Tools And Assignments. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Based on a thorough literature review of published information literacy assessment measures, this book provides examples of questions that could be used to assess student learning of  each performance indicator from the ACRL Information Literacy  Standards for Higher Education.  It contains an excellent bibliography.  Several chapters were written by MILEX members.


Sharma, S. (2007). From chaos to clarity: Using the research portfolio to teach and assess information literacy skills. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 33(1), 127-135. Retrieved November 8, 2007, from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6W50-4MK0HTH-4/2/de225b2c2d9329a19623c1fe1365d0db


TRAILS: Tools for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills - Kent State University

An online information literacy assessment tool.  Although the instrument is intended for 9th graders, any librarian or teacher can sign up for TRAILS and use it with their class.


Wiggins, G. (1990). Case for authentic assessment. ERIC Digest. Retrieved November 8, 2007 from



Assignment design


Hardware & software for instruction

Classroom Control Systems - American Library Association

Lists the major classroom control systems (both hardware and software) which instructors can use to "lock down" computer labs or project  their screen onto student computers.  The site describes and evaluates each system and provides a chart for comparing features.





Distance learning

Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services -- Association of College and Research Libraries


Academic integrity


Evaluation of Web Sites


Meola, M. (2004). Chucking the checklist: A contextual approach to teaching undergraduates Web-site evaluation. portal: Libraries and the Academy,4(3), 331-344. Retrieved July 9, 2007, from http://www.tcnj.edu/~meolam/documents/Chucking_003.pdf.

This article criticises the traditional checklist-based model of Web site evaluation.  Argues that a model based on corroboration, comparison, and identifying peer-reviewed sources would work better.


Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources  -- UCLA Library


Thinking Critically about Discipline-Based World Wide Web Resources -- UCLA Library



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