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Information Literacy Instruction Toolkit

This guide provides resources, tips and support for Mines instructional librarians

Information Literacy Instruction at Mines

This guide provides an overview of the Mines Information Literacy Instruction Program and helpful resources for faculty and teaching librarians.

In this guide you will findinformation literacy spelled out using Scrabble tiles


Image Credit: Information Literacy by Ewa Rozkosz.  Used under CC BY-SA- 2.0.

Program Philosophy and Goals

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." - ACRL Framework.

Arthur Lakes Library Information Literacy Instruction Philosophy

The Library's Information Literacy Instruction librarians are dedicated to partnering with faculty in the classroom to help Mines students learn essential research and critical thinking skills.  The library instruction program helps students to acquire the skills to effectively locate information; to critically evaluate sources; to contribute to the scholarly conversation in their field and to understand the laws and ethics surrounding uses of information in our modern, digital world.  Librarians utilize instructional best practices aligned to the ACRL Framework (or appropriate standard) and faculty course learning outcomes to ensure an effective learning environment for Mines students. 


Program Goals:

  • To establish a robust program of scaffolded lessons throughout the undergraduate curriculum
  • To ensure the Mines graduate can effectively locate, evaluate and utilize information to suit personal and professional needs
  • To design and create a collection of information literacy-related lesson plans, learning objects and materials that faculty can use in their courses
  • To provide effective instruction that supports the research needs of our diverse community.