Reinforcing Information Literacy in the Classroom
Steps for Reinforcement:
- Set up an information literacy session for a specific assignment or as orientation to the resources available to students.
- Invite librarians to collaborate with you on activities and lessons that extend information literacy into strategies and resources specific to your course content and discipline.
- Remind students to apply the strategies from the information literacy session to new assignments throughout the semester.
- Encourage students to make appointments with librarians from information sessions for individualized research assistance.
- Team with librarians to build on these beginnings. In upper-division courses, you might:
- Remind students about subject specific resources in your field available through the library.
- Teach students that using a search strategies learned in information literacy session is useful beyond their one assignment.
- Recommend use of disciplinary reference sources recommended by librarians.
- Use more advanced methods for evaluating sources (librarians can offer additional ideas).
- Read through “The Plan” Competencies & Progression Rubric to see what level is most relevant to your students as well as the skills associated with that level.
- With a librarian, discuss how the major-specific levels within the rubric can be incorporated within your major. Ask: are important concepts and skills being taught and reinforced where you intended? If not, help revise the plan.
- Work with the librarians to incorporate information literacy assessment into your capstone projects or tests.
- Make sure your adjuncts are familiar with “The Plan.” Encourage them to come to make an appointment to have a conversation with information literacy librarians.
- Make your own appointment for a consultation and develop a close partnership with a librarian!