Information Literacy

Information Literacy @Simpson College

Simpson College General Education Beginning in the fall of 2011, Simpson College transitioned to a new approach to the foundational liberal arts component of the Simpson Experience. Students need to complete coursework in seven different embedded skills. One embedded skill is Information Literacy.

Simpson ColloquiumAn introductory college course that seeks to integrate new students into academic culture focused on engaged citizenship during their first semester on campus.

Instructional Workshops – Workshops are held featuring Dunn Library resources and Information Literacy instruction.


Instructional Resources for Faculty

Instruction a la CarteDo you or your students need help with specific research areas? Contact the librarians to have classroom or one-on-one instruction on growing and varied areas of information literacy.

Sample Assignments – The approaches to meeting Information Literacy goals are unique to the discipline, course, assignment and instructor preferences. The librarians will work in collaboration with faculty to fulfill the information literacy needs of the students by helping in creating relevant assignments. Here are some examples of assignments.

Do’s and Don’ts of Assignment Creation – Remember these tips when creating your assignments.

To create your own Search Alert through EBSCOhost on Information Literacy, watch this YouTube video.


Theories of Information Literacy

ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher EducationProvides a framework for assessing the information literate individual.

Information Literacy for Faculty and Administrators From ACRL, an introduction to the concept of information literacy programs.


Subject Specific Information Literacy Standards


Assessment Rubrics

VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education – Information Literacy VALUE Rubric Developed to evaluate a collection of work to demonstrate student’s information literacy skills.

  • Information Literacy Value Rubric (pdf). Reprinted with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Developing a “One Size Fits Most” Library Instruction Assessment Tool From the University of Chicago Library, creating an assessment program for library instruction. Expands on pre/post tests and rubrics.

Assessment Tools – Instruction Clearninghouse From Virginia Tech Library, focus is placed on assessment tools for library sessions, including one-shot visits.

Assessing the Assessment: One Academic Library’s First-Year Journey into Curriculum-Integrated Information Literacy Instruction – Reflections on the creation of a library assessment plan. Includes future ideas for revisions to the program.


Polls and Surveys for Assessments


Recommended Dunn Library Resources

McAdoo, Monty L. Building bridges : connecting faculty, students, and the college library (2010)
Simpson General 027.7 M11b

Information literacy instruction handbook (2008)
Simpson General 028.7 I43c

The role of the library in the first college year (2007)
Simpson General 025.5 R74h