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For Rhetoric Instructors

Integrated Information Literacy Examples

See the IDEAL 'Show What You Know,' 'Rhetoric in Knowledge Communities,' or 'Archives Alive' projects as examples of products of previous librarian/instructor collaboration. Rather than providing information literacy as an additional requirement, information literacy concepts and activities have been infused throughout each of these assignments. 

Information Literacy a la carte

Information Literacy a la carte is a set of stand-alone information literacy modules that can be used "as is" or customized for your individual classes. They are currently hosted on Google Docs, and can be used online, or downloaded and customized by following these directions:

[Note - some modules are finished and others are in development as of 8/19/2015. All will be complete by 8/30/2015.]


The librarians at The University of Iowa Libraries are sharp, savvy, and fun to work with. I found collaborating with them not only painless but pleasant and instructive. Their expertise helped me both in my teaching and my graduate student research. Go see the librarians! 

~ Gavin Feller

Libraries Rhetoric Collaboration

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. We believe that information literacy is an integral part of a liberal arts education. Our profession has been actively engaged with developing a definition of information literacy for higher education for many years. 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.

Libraries-Rhetoric Collaboration

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.

Request a Collaboration

Librarians are available to consult with you on a variety of topics to support your teaching, and to support your own research needs and interests.

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. (Check out this example of a faculty-librarian collaboration!)
  • 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 a video of 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
Cathy Cranston

Katie Hassman

Head, Research & Library Instruction
Kathy Magarrell,

Directory of Subject Specialists