What do picking a research topic, formatting a bibliography, evaluating resources, and understanding algorithmic bias in Google search results have in common? They are all aspects of information literacy.
Our librarians work collaboratively with faculty and instructors to help students develop information literacy skills and comprehension supportive of academic coursework and lifelong learning goals. Currently, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education offers this definition:
Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.
Our ongoing collaboration with the Rhetoric Department is an ideal partnership:
- We understand that you have a lot to cover in your semester already, and we know from experience that information literacy is essential for students to be successful in your courses. We're experts in information literacy instruction and can help integrate information literacy learning into your coursework so it's not an add-on and something additional to cover.
- We also know that it's integral for students to develop an early, foundational understanding of information literacy, and collaborating with Rhetoric faculty and instructors helps us lay this foundation, and to do so in creative and engaging ways.
What our collaborations can look like, and how we can help:
- help with assignment design. This can include working one-on-one with faculty and instructors to create learning outcomes and objects for your students, or hosting collaborative workshops to develop information literacy activities that integrate with classroom learning objectives and fulfill student needs.
- recommended resources to complement your assignments. This can take a variety of forms, but the Subject Guide is perhaps the most popular. Click here, and here, for examples.
- help with basic information literacy instruction. This includes, for example, teaching your students how to find and especially evaluate resources in all formats. See the featured curriculum on the side of this page for examples.
- a widget with research tips to add to your class ICON page.
- a new type of collaboration yet to be developed. We're excited and open to new types of collaboration, just ask!
In addition, we also have:
- digital content you can share with students, including:
- video tutorials on library topics, which you can share through ICON
- a subject guide specially created for Rhetoric students
- an audio tour of the library (available as a podcast)
- Want something else we haven't made yet? Just ask!
- two Undergraduate Engagement Librarians excited to work with Rhetoric faculty, instructors, and students
- a team of Subject-Specialist Liaisons who can help with your instruction and your research
Get in Touch
Use this form to contact us and start the collaboration today!
For more information, please contact:
Undergraduate Engagement Librarians
Head, Research & Library Instruction
Directory of Subject Specialists