Information literacy (IL) is the ability to efficiently access, evaluate, contextualize and effectively communicate information. It is a skill integral to achieving the highest goals of a university education and imparts a lifelong habit of inquiry and reflection that is supported by efficient, transferable skills in conducting information research.
The Vaughan Memorial Library's mission statement states that the Library is "committed to providing the highest standard of programs, services, and resources in support of learning, teaching, research and scholarly communication." Librarians are dedicated to helping instruct students, faculty, staff, and community patrons in achieving all levels of information literacy.
As a student at Acadia, you have a librarian to assist you with research in each of your courses. Librarians can show you how to navigate through library resources and will help you to find, organize, and cite information for your assignments and papers. Contact your librarian in person, by phone, or by email to set up an appointment for one-on-one or group instruction.
Guided tours of the Library building and virtual tours of the Library website are offered upon request. Please don't hesitate to contact your Librarian to set up a time to explore what is available to you!
Not sure where to get started on your research? Need to find a book or journal article? Librarians have created subject guides for browsing and accessing information in your program or course subject areas.
Don't hesitate to contact your Librarian or visit the Reference and Information Desk for help with any of your research information needs.
Integrating information literacy into the curriculum requires a collaborative effort and leadership by faculty, librarians and administrators to develop and promote information literacy instruction programs. Acadia librarians hope to forge relationships throughout the academic community to support the teaching of information literacy skills, knowledge, and attitudes for our students to thrive in our information environment.
Librarians are available to teach classes within courses on a variety of information literacy topics, including:
- searching library catalogues
- searching subject specific journal indexes
- strategically searching the web
- evaluating a variety of information resources
- finding statistics and data sources
- citing sources and using citation styles
- writing literature reviews and annotated bibliographies
- using bibliographic management software such as Endnote
Librarians can provide your students with introductory orientations to the library as well as workshops to teach research skills for specific assignments. Librarians are also available to help design course units or assignments for a more in-depth coverage of library research.
Examples of courses and programs that integrate information literacy into the curriculum at Acadia University include:
To discuss request a class, please contact your Liaison Librarian and he or she will be happy to help you with your teaching needs.
Acadia librarians have created a number of interactive tutorials to help introduce students to basic research skills:
- Credible Sources
Teaches students how to evaluate the information they find on the web.
- Research It Right!
Describes the steps of the research process from finding a topic to the final product.
- Searching With
Teaches students better approaches for searching the web. The tutorial also provides an introduction to the difference between the 'surface web' and the 'deep web'.
- You Quote
It, You Note It!
Teaches students the basics of avoiding plagiarism by learning why, when, and how to cite information sources.
The following section contains a list of information resources to support the teaching and learning of information literacy. If you would like to recommend a useful link to add, please email with your suggestion(s).
S.O.S. For Information Literacy
A web-based, searchable database of resources to support the teaching of information literacy skills.
A list of classroom activities compiled by the Dalhousie University Libraries from a variety of sources and organized by ACRL Standard.
of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Site
The central web site of the ACRL dedicated to providing information and resources for the teaching and learning of information literacy.
Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
A quick link to the information literacy standards framework (including performance indicators and outcomes) recognized and promoted by the American Library Association's Association of College of Research Libraries.
Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning
Good practices for student assessment written by the American Association for Higher Education.
Plan for Information Literacy
Indiana University Bloomington Libraries' Assessment Planning Committee's final published document of their work.
and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework
Adapted from the ACRL Standards by the Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy (ANZIIL), these are currently being used by many institutions across Australia and New Zealand.
Conducting Focus Groups
Carter McNamara's online resource which outlines the basics for anyone interested in conducting a focus group.
for the Assessment of Information Literacy
Example of a detailed information literacy rubric based on Colorado State's adaptation of the ACRL standards.
Information Literacy in
Created by members of the Information Literacy Interest Group of the Canadian Library Association (ILIG), the blog is a forum for anyone interested in promoting national information literacy theory and practice.
Keep up to date with information literacy around the world with this popular information literacy blog.
A blog spot that offers current news and information about Google Scholar for teaching and research purposes.
Orientation Exchange (LOEX)
Link to the LOEX site, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting information literacy and library instruction. LOEX has an annual conference located in the United States.
Workshop on Instruction in
Library Use (WILU)
WILU is Canada's national conference for librarians and other educators to come together and share best practices in the area of library instruction and the broader area of information literacy. The 2006 conference was hosted by the Vaughan Memorial Library.
Information Literacy Through Class Assignments
Tips offered by the Meriam Library at California State University (Chico) for designing information literacy-friendly assignments.
An excellent .pdf guide to the basics of writing learning objectives from the University of Tennessee
A good introduction with resources and supporting documents about learning styles from the University of Guelph's Teaching Support Services.
VARK: A Guide to
Introducing different approaches to learning, VARK is a brief survey that profiles a person's preferences for how they take in and give out information.
A listserv established to encourage communication among Canadian instruction librarians and others interested in information literacy.
A moderated listserv and online discussion forum for professionals interested in the instruction of information literacy. Hosted by the American Library Association and sponsored by the Instruction Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Information Literacy Portal
A multi-purpose, information literacy portal of interest to research libraries. The section entitled Information Literacy Instructional Resources includes a selective list of instruction resources and a variety of web sites for further information.
An online teaching resource repository that includes both an open and peer reviewed collection of resources created and submitted by librarians and other educators. A resource and service of the Ontario Scholars Portal.
Literacy Resources Directory
A web portal created for UNESCO by the Information Literacy Section of the International Federations of Library Associations (IFLA). Includes a searchable database of related resources contributed from professionals around the world. Free registration is required.
An online teaching resource repository created by educators to provide freely available instructional materials for students and faculty in higher education.
Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online
A searchable database of online instructional tutorials to teach a variety of research skills. All contents of the PRIMO database have gone through an application process and peer reviewed by members of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Emerging Technologies in Instruction Committee before being accepted.