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Information Literacy Toolkit: Resource for Teaching Faculty

This guide is intended to support University of Maryland faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants in incorporating information literacy into their courses.


A Resource for UMD Teaching Faculty, Instructors, and Teaching Assistants

Although we wish a librarian could be embedded in every course, there are limits even to a librarian's power! These materials are intended to support UMD Teaching Faculty, Instructors, and Teaching Assistants across disciplines in incorporating information literacy into their courses.

Looking to collaborate with a librarian to design an instruction session or an activity for your course? Please visit the Subject Specialist Directory and contact the librarian assigned to your school or college.

Is this toolkit missing something? Email and let us know! We are always developing new materials and are happy to take suggestions for new topics.

This toolkit is developed and maintained by the University of Maryland Libraries Teaching and Learning Services Unit.
Last update: October 19, 2023

Information Literacy

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” (American Library Association, Presidential Committee on Information Literacy). To be information literate, then, one needs skills not only in research but in critical thinking.

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has taken the lead in developing information literacy resources; chief among these is the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically:

  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information Has Values
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration

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