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Information Literacy Toolkit - Bibliography

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This resource list was prepared to assist the project participants, and is by no means exhaustive. So many people and institutions are doing great work in the field of information literacy that we could not include everything. We hope you will find the list useful as a springboard to further research in the field.

Information Literacy Tutorialsa sample of information literacy tutorials used at various institutions

 Comprehensive Information Literacy SitesThese sites include links to resources/guides for both faculty and librarians.

  • Association of College and Research Libraries,
    Lots of information about college-level information literacy, including standards and guidelines, resources and ideas, information for faculty and administrators (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison,
    Excellent resource section for teaching faculty. Also includes tutorials. (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • Universities of Sheffield & Strathclyde, 
    Information Literacy Place" developed by Sheila Webber & Bill Johnston. (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • University of Winnipeg,
    Very useful site that includes assignments by course (Course Help), eManual (tutorials, exercises, quizzes), and Annual Reports. (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • California State University,
    Guidelines for Faculty Information Competence Assignments for various Cal State campuses. (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) 21st Century information Fluency Project Portal,
    This site provides news, information, tools, and standards-aligned instructional strategies for information literacy/fluency in K-16. Teaching and learning resources are aligned with national standards including the National Educational Technology Standards, the American Association of School Libraries Information Power Standards, and the Illinois Learning Standards. (Accessed 02/20/2005.)

 CollaborationTips and strategies for building collaborative relationships between librarians and teaching faculty.


  • Bay Area Community Colleges Information Competency Assessment Project,
    Faculty librarians in the San Francisco Bay Area collaborated to develop and field-test an information competency assessment instrument that is based on specific performance outcomes, criterion-referenced to national standards. The website also details the standards, performance indicators, and outcomes identified by the project for their assessment instrument. We will be adapting their assessment instrument for our use. (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • Project for Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS) at Kent State University, (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • TRAILS (Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills),
    Online information literacy assessment instrument for high school students, developed 9th-grade Ohio Academic Content Standards and AASL’s Information Power. This is from the group at Kent State University who developed Project SAILS. (Accessed 05/20/06)
  • Information Literacy: Study of Incoming First-Year Undergraduates in Quebec,
    Includes sample assessment questionnaire in Appendix (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • OASIS (Online Advancement of Student information Skills) Sample Quiz Questions,
    San Francisco State University’s web-based information literacy tutorial; see the Information Literacy Tutorials section above for links (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • "Designing and Conducting Focus Group Interviews" by Richard A. Krueger,
    Focus groups can be quite useful as an additional means of assessment, especially with at-risk students who may not perform well on traditional tests. This is a very useful guide with tips on writing questions, number of participants, moderating and more. (Accessed 5/24/06)

Integrating Information Literacy into the CurriculumExamples and more information on how to integrate information literacy into the curriculum. 

  • Cal State Fullerton Departments' Information Literacy Materials, (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • Information Literacy at GVSU,
    Grand Valley State University's guide to help faculty understand information literacy. Includes suggestions for incorporating infolit instruction into assignments. Also includes discussion questions to assist a dialog between faculty and librarians. This may help the teams as they work together to define their expectations of the student groups. (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • The California State University System: Integration of Learning Outcomes,
    Links to a variety of disciplines within the Cal State University System that incorporate information literacy into the curriculum. There are also links to information literacy sites by educational level, including several for freshmen. (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • Information Literacy in the Information Age: Sabbatical Project Report,
    Topsy Smalley, Instruction Librarian at Cabrillo College, is associated with the Bay Area Community Colleges Information Competency Assessment Project. This is a report of her sabbatical project to assess the information literacy needs of students in selected occupational programs at the community college level. (Accessed 04/06/04)
  • The Big6: Information Literacy for the Information Age,
    The Big6 is a commercial approach to teaching information literacy and technology skills to people of all ages. The program is used in K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and corporate and adult training programs. The website provides quite a bit of free information: lesson plans, links to programs in schools and other institutions, and other resources. Click on the Resources tab to access the chart, “Applying the Big6 and Information Literacy Standards to Internet Research,” based on the AASL standards. (Accessed 2/20/2005)


Teaching Tips—Information for librarians and faculty who teach information literacy skills. 

  • LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction,
    “LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) is a self-supporting, non-profit educational clearinghouse library instruction information. We provide information on all aspects of instruction to libraries and librarians who are institutional members. Our collections consist of print materials such as one-page point-of-use handouts, bibliographies and subject guides, pathfinders; instructional video and audio tapes; and CD-ROMS and Internet sites. These materials have been donated by member libraries and librarians. We have very few commercially produced items. Most items may be copied and used freely by member institutions.” (Accessed 2/20/2005)
  • Integrating Instructional Design in Distance Education,
    "This tool presents methods for integrating instructional strategies into distance education courses. Information in this tool includes instructional classes, strategies, tactics and examples that demonstrate this integration. Examples of the application of instructional tactics in various delivery systems (e.g., web-based courses, audio-conferencing, video-conferencing, computer-mediated conferencing, etc.) are also included."
  • Library Instruction Video, University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries,
    This 16-minute RealPlayer tutorial is designed for anyone who teaches information literacy skills in a classroom setting, and includes teaching tips and presentation skills. (Accessed 2/20/2005)


  • Teaching the New Library to Today's Users: Reaching International, Minority, Senior Citizens, Gay/Lesbian, First Generation, At-Risk, Graduate and Returning Students, and Distance Learners. Edited by Trudi E. Jacobson and Helene C. Williams. Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2000. The "At-Risk Students" chapter of this book has practical advice for reaching at-risk students, including development issues, learning styles, teaching strategies, and activities.
  • College knowledge: What it really takes for students to succeed and what we can do to get them ready. David T Conley, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005. Highly recommended.
  • What the best college teachers do. Ken Bain, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004.
  • Seeking meaning : A process approach to library and information services (2nd ed.). Carol Kulthau. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004
  • Web-Based Instruction: A Guide for Libraries. Susan Sharpless Smith. American Library Association, 2001.
  • Developing Web-Based Instruction: Planning, Designing, Managing, and Evaluating for Results. Elizabeth A. Dupuis, Ed. Neal Schuman, 2003.
  • Information Problem-Solving: The Big Six Skills Approach to Library & Information Skills Instruction. Eisenberg, Michael. Norwood, N.J.: Ablex Pub. Corp., 1990.
  • Integrating information literacy into the higher education curriculum : practical models for transformation. Ilene Rockman and associates. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Empowering students : hands-on library instruction activities. Mayilyn P. Whitmore, contributing editor. Lancaster, Penn. : Library Instruction Publications, 1996.
  • Teaching information literacy skills. Patricia Iannuzzi. Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c1999. This book contains reproducible activities covering a variety of information literacy topics.
  • Designs for active learning : a sourcebook of classroom strategies for information education. Edited by Gail Gradowski. Chicago : The Association of College and Research Libraries, 1998. Another resource of reproducible activities.
  • Teaching information literacy concepts: activities and frameworks from the field. Trudi E. Jacobson and Timothy H. Gatti, contributing editors. Pittsburgh, PA : Library Instruction Publications, 2001. More general lesson plans. Activities not as detailed as some other books, but may spark some ideas.


Project funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and sponsored by the Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges.