Integrating Information Literacy into the Curriculum

Information Literacy

National Information Forum on Information Literacy
A coalition of education, business, and governmental organizations cooperating to promote national and international awareness of the need for information literacy.

Information Literacy by ACRL
This is the site on information literacy provided by the Association of College & Research Libraries.  ACRL has included Standards Toolkit to help implement Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.  Information on Using the Standards and how to develop information literacy across campus is also useful..

Institute for Information Literacy
This ACRL web page gives easy access to resources on Information Literacy and related information.  For help in developing and implementing effective information literacy programs, read the criteria for assessing such programs in Institutional Strategies: Best Practices.

Integrating Information Literacy

The following are selected institutions that have implemented information literacy.  Many colleges and universities have designed courses just for teaching students on information literacy.  Special efforts are made to select sites whose programs or modules maybe useful to Sinclair.

Information Literacy
The Information literacy program at Ulster County Community College won the 1999 ACRL Innovation in Instruction Award. Students can take a test to meet the information competency of the College. This web site includes a Powerpoint presentation, LIB 111 course web site, and handouts and assignments.

Library Courses for Credit -- SUNY and Beyond
This is a list of SUNY schools that offer library courses.  A good place to see what other community colleges have done.

Integrating Information Literacy Into the Curriculum
This is a slide show created by Celia Rabinowitz, director of public, media, & instructional services of the SMCM Library (St. Mary's College of Maryland). St. Mary's College is a liberal arts college with 1600 students. Rabinowitz shares the skills needed to integrate information literacy (the Kuhlthau Model) and offers suggestions about the process.

Information Literacy in Six Dimensions: A Profile of the Library for a New Millennium
The library classroom is a component of the Electronic Information Center at the Richland College Library.  John Ferguson, a reference librarian, describes how the Library has supported "Tool Literacy," "Resource Literacy," and "Research Literacy" through their Information Literacy Certificate Program.

Tools for Information Literacy:  An Online Starter Kit
This is a successful project implementing information literacy at Passaic County Community College.  Contents include project objectives, student survey results, assessment, instructor guidelines, and more.

Welcome to the Instruction Commons
This Instruction Commons is part of the e-Library at Iowa State University.  It includes all level of the curricula, and links faculty and librarians in the presentation of the research skills and process.

Directory of Online Resources for Information Literacy:  Programs, Projects, and Initiatives concerning Information Literacy in Higher Education
Provided by DORIL (Directory of Online Resources on Information Literacy), this is a collection of links to information literacy programs in higher education around the world.

Journal Articles

The following are full-text articles that offer some insights toward implementing and integrating information literacy into the curriculum. Click on the underlined text to link to the full-text article.

    The following articles are on Reserve in the LRC.

  1. Brown, Cecelia, and Lee R. Krumholz.   "Integrating Information Literacy into the Science Curriculum."   College & Research Libraries 63.2 (2002): 111-123.

  2. Curzon, Susan Carol.   "Developing a Program of Information Literacy: How California State University Did It."   College & Research Libraries News 61:6 (2000): 483-486+.

  3. Dorner, Jennifer L., Susan E. Taylor, and Kay Hodson-Carlton.   "Faculty-Librarian Collaboration for Nursing Information Literacy: a Tiered Approach."   Reference Servces Review 29.2 (2001): 132-140.

  4. Evans, Roby.   "Faculty and Reference Librarians: A Virtual Dynamic Duo."   T.H.E. Journal Jan. (2001): 46-51.

  5. Moore, Deborah, Steve Brewster, and Cynthia Dorroh.   "Information competency instruction in a two-year college:  one size does not fit all"   Reference Services Review 30.4 (2002): 300-306.

  6. Harley, Bruce.   "Freshmen, Information Literacy, Critical Thinking and Values."   Reference Servces Review 29.4 (2001): 301-305.

  7. Cunningham, Thomas H., and Scott Lanning.   "New Frontier Trail Guides: Faculty-Librarian Collaboration on Information Literacy."   Reference Services Review 30.4 (2002): 343-348.

  8. Jacobson, Trudi E., and Beth L. Mark.   "Separating Wheat from Chaff: Helping First-Year Students Become Information Savvy."   The Journal of General Education 49.4 (2000): 256-278.  Education Abstracts.  June 26, 2002.

  9. Macklin, Alexius Smith.   "Integrating Information Literacy Using Problem-based Learning."   Reference Servces Review 29.4 (2001): 306-313.

  10. Parang, Elizabeth, Melinda Raine, and Trisha Stevenson.   "Redesigning Freshman Seminar Library Instruction Based on Information Competencies."   Research Strategies 17.4 (2000): 269-280.  Education Abstracts.  June 19, 2002.

  11. Scholz-Crane, Ann.   "Evaluating the Future: A Preliminary Study of the Process of How Undergraduate Students Evaluate Web Sources."   Reference Services Review 26.3/4 (1998): 53-59.

  12. Sonntag, Gabriela.   "The Development of a Lower-Division, General Education, Course-Integrated Information Literacy Program."   College & Research Libraries 57 (1996): 331-8.

  13. Parise, Pierina.   "Information Power Goes Online: Teaching Information Literacy to Distance Learners."   Reference Services Review 26.3/4 (1998): 51-52, 60.

  14. Wright, Carol A.   "Information Literacy within the General Education Program: Implications for Distance Education."   The Journal of General Education 49.1 (2000): 23-33.  Education Abstracts.  June 26, 2002.


  1. Alexander, Janet E. and Marsha Ann Tate.  Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web.   Mahwah, NJ:   Lawrence Erlbaum, 1999.
    005.75 A376w

  2. Barclay, Donald A., ed.  Teaching Electronic Information Literacy: a how-to-do-it manual.   New York:   Neal-Schuman, 1995.
    025.0407 T253b

  3. Iannuzzi, Patricia.  Teaching Information Literacy Skills.   Boston:   Allyn and Bacon, 1999.
    025.56 I655t

  4. Implementing the Information Competency Graduation Requirement in California Community Colleges: a Chronology of Selected Sources.   March, 2002.   June 26, 2002 <>.  (Printed copy on Reserve)

  5. Information Literacy in Community College: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community College, Topical Bibliography.   ERIC, Feb 21, 2002.   June 26, 2002 <>.  (Printed copy on Reserve)

  6. Jacobson, Trudi E.  Critical Thinking and the Web; Teaching Users to Evaluate Internet Resources.   Pittsburgh:   Library Instruction Pub., 1998.
    005.75 C869j

  7. Potter, Jonathan.   The Library at the Center of the Web: Information Literacy across the Curriculum in an Age of Connectivity and Chaos.   ERIC, 2001.   (In ERIC: ED458886)

  8. Raspa, Dick, and Dane Ward, ed.  The Collaborative Imperative: Librarians and Faculty Working Together in the Information Universe.   Chicago:   Association of College and Research Libraries, 2000.
    027.7 C697r

  9. Warner, Mary.   Western Carolina University's Model of Integrating Information Literacy: Partnering the First Year Composition Instructor, Students and a Personal Librarian.   ERIC, 1998.   (In ERIC: ED424581)

  10. Young, Rosemary M. and Stephena Harmony.  Working with Faculty to Design Undergraduate Information Literacy Programs.   New York:   Neal-Schuman Pub., 1999.
    027.7 Y759w

Winnie Tseng, Reference Librarian
March, 2004.