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Information Literacy and Instruction

Resources and tips about information literacy, critical thinking, and how faculty can incorporate these concepts into their courses.

Faculty-Librarian Collaborations and Integration

These articles, books, and reports address how information literacy can be integrated into classrooms, assignments, and curricula, and how librarians can successfully collaborate with faculty and administration.


Badke, W. (2010). Why information literacy is invisible. Communications in Information Literacy, 4(2), 129-141. Available online at

A call to integrate information literacy more into the higher education curriculum; examines assumptions and gaps in understanding among faculty, students, librarians, and administrators.

Flaspohler, M. (2012). Engaging first-year students in meaningful library research: A practical guide for teaching faculty.Oxford: Chandos. Available at the Bentley Library (call number Z711.25 .C65 F53 2012)

Divided into three sections: background on Millennials and information literacy, information literacy in the context of the first year, and  pragmatic pedagogical approaches, including building on the first year.

Gilman, T. (2009, May 14). Not enough time in the library. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from

A wonderful column on making the most of out of limited time to use librarians’ research expertise to enhance students’ research skills.

Jacobson, T.E., & Mackey, T.P. (Eds.). (2007). Information literacy collaborations that work. New York: Neal-Schuman. Available at the Bentley Library (call number ZA3075 .I533 2007)

The chapters in this book address three main areas: program-wide, discipline-wide, and technology-related faculty-librarian collaborations for information literacy.

Lombardo, S.V. & Miree, C.E. (2003). Caught in the Web: The impact of library instruction on business students' perceptions and use of print and online resources. College & Research Libraries, 64(1), 6-21.

Studies the impact of library instruction on business students’ use of print, online, and library database resources in their research.

McInnis Bowers, C.V., Chew, B., Bowers, M.R., Ford, C.E., Smith, C., & Herrington, C. (2009). Interdisciplinary synergy: A partnership between business and library faculty and its effects on students' information literacy. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 14(2), 110-127. Available in print at the Bentley Library.

Shows a change in undergraduates’ attitudes toward print and online sources after being required to use them for a business research project – the result of a collaboration between business faculty and librarians.

Rockman, I., et al. (Eds.). (2004). Integrating information literacy into the higher education curriculum : practical models for transformation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available at the Bentley Library (call number ZA3075 .I57 2004).

Includes chapters on assessing student's information literacy competence, integrating information literacy into multiple disciplines, and developing information literacy skills through collaboration and online tools.

Spencer, J., & Millson-Martula, C. (Eds.). (2009). Critical thinking within the library program. London: Routledge. Available at the Bentley Library (call number Z711.2 .C75 2009).

The essays in this collection offer models for teaching about critical thinking within multiple disciplines, both in the library and the classroom.

Classroom and Assignment Strategies

These books, articles, and reports provide straightforward and practical strategies for teaching information literacy skills, both for faculty and librarians.


Detmering, R. (2010). Exploring the political dimensions of information literacy through popular film. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 10(3), 265-282. Available at the Bentley Library online through Project Muse.

A model for using popular films such as Thank You for Smoking and W. as basis for discussion of politically-related information literacy.

Hurlbert, J.M., Savidge, C.R. ,& Laudenslager, G.R. (2003). Process-based assignments: How promoting information literacy prevents plagiarism. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 10(1), 39-51.

A framework for assigning research papers that emphasizes the research process over product; examines the effect of this framework on plagiarism.

Neely, T. (Ed.). (2006). Information literacy assessment: Standards-based tools and assignments. Available at the Bentley Library (call number ZA3075 .N435 2006).

Though aimed at librarians, this book contains tools, assignments, and assessments built around information literacy that could also be used by faculty.

Quarton, B. (2003). Research skills and the new undergraduate. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 30(2), 120-124. Available at the Bentley Library online through Academic Search Premier.

Describes teaching approaches to guiding students through the process of writing a research paper.

Weir, R. (2011, March 9). It's not Harry Potter. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from

A column on introducing students to scholarly journal articles, including how to read and interpret them.