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Library Information Literacy Instruction


Information Literacy Instruction at the Dillard University Library









The mission of the Will W. Alexander Library’s Information Literacy Instruction Program is to teach members of the Dillard University community to find, evaluate, and use information effectively.




The Will W. Alexander Library’s Information Literacy Instruction Program accepts the definition of information literacy as described by the American College and Research Libraries (ACRL) of the American Library Association.


The Information Literacy Instruction Program will offer classes that will support teaching and learning at Dillard University.


Information literacy skills will help students be successful, not only in their classes and majors at DU, but as life-long learners.


Librarians will work with faculty to identify information literacy goals in their programs and majors and identify the best ways to meet those goals.


Information literacy instruction will adapt to varying learning styles and changing technology.



Policy and Procedures

Instruction provided by librarians includes:

Librarians provide instruction to a variety of users including distance learners, nontraditional students, undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and special community groups.  Priority is given to students, faculty, and staff of Dillard University.



Off-Campus Instruction

DU students, staff and faculty have direct access to the library staff through Reference Chat, email, the library’s website, social media and via phone during scheduled Library hours. Librarians conduct most library sessions in the Information Literacy Classroom on the 1st floor of the Library, where each student has access to a computer or use their own mobile device. This creates an environment for 21st century active teaching and learning.



Scheduling a Session

To schedule a session, a professor or individual may contact the Coordinator of Information Literacy or the Library Liaison for a specific department. Library sessions work best when they are designed to support a specific project or assignment(s).  Instructional Faculty are encouraged to share information about the assignment and the course with the librarians before the session. Scheduling of sessions is dependent on the availability of librarians and the classroom. Active participation by the course instructor is important. It helps students understand the connection between information literacy skills and their course content.  Faculty should accompany their class to the Library session.



Public School Visits

The Library will provide information literacy instruction to K-12 schools and to Dillard University community groups if time, scheduling and staff allow.



Information Literacy Resources


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Information Literacy VALUE Rubric





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American Library Association Information Literacy




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Communications in Information Literacy


Communications in Information Literacy (CIL) is a peer-reviewed, independently published, and open access journal devoted to advancing research, theory, and practice in the area of information literacy in higher education.




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Digital Literacy - U.S. Government





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The Information Literacy Imperative in Higher Education




National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL)

National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL)




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Project Information Literacy



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Learning how to find, evaluate, and use resources to explore a topic in depth



At institutions of higher education across the U.S., information literacy (IL) is being integrated into general education curricula as a specific learning objective. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) (1) defines information literate students as those who “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” As the world moves toward a knowledge-based economy, information literacy becomes a crucial component of preparing students for the lifelong learning that current and future job markets demand.



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LibGuides, Literacy, and Literati


Bethany Reisch (NTCC) January 9, 2017

This webinar discusses how Northshore Technical Community College uses available Credo Literati tools in conjunction with our LibGuides to promote information literacy. This session takes you through our journey to better reach our students while discussing the mistakes we made and successes we’ve had so you can skip the mistakes and move straight to the successes!



 Open Access Resources


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All Dillard University courses and organizations can utilize Canvas Learning Management System by Instructure. Canvas is an intuitive, online course management system with hundreds of features that work together to help make teaching and learning easier, portable, and on demand. Instructors and students can use Canvas to collaborate, communicate, create, share content and assess learning.




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OpenStax (formerly OpenStax College) is a nonprofit ed-tech initiative based at Rice University. Since 2012, OpenStax has created peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks, which are available in free digital formats and for a low cost in print. Most books are also available in the iBooks Store. OpenStax's first textbook was College Physics, which was published online, in print, and in iBooks in 2012. OpenStax has also launched OpenStax Tutor, an adaptive courseware based on cognitive science principles, machine learning, and OpenStax content.





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Information Literacy FREE OER Resources





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Mango Languages FREE Spanish for Librarians  




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FREE Self-Paced Tutorial: Survival Spanish for Library Staff





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ALA State of America's Libraries 2018





Dr. Germaine Carey-Palmer

Information Literacy Instruction & Cataloging Librarian

Dillard University Will W. Alexander Library


Office: 504-816-4254

Main Desk: 504-816-4786

Main Desk Email

DU Library Website

DU Library LibGuides  

DU Library Online Catalog  









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