For Faculty: Information Literacy and Learning Outcomes

This page offers background on information literacy skills.

Information Literacy Core Competency

Information Literacy Core Competency

Students will

  • locate information effectively using tools appropriate to their need and discipline;
  • evaluate information with an awareness of authority, validity, and bias; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ethical dimensions of information use, creation, and dissemination.


Students need to acquire information literacy appropriate to the demands of the 21st century citizen, and campuses must have flexibility to implement and assess these learning outcomes across a diverse range of academic programs. 

The Information Literacy core competency is not necessarily associated with any one course, though the student learning outcomes may be required in one or more specific courses. In either case, campuses must ensure that the required learning outcomes are included in each undergraduate degree curriculum.

Information Literacy Standards

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, adopted these guidelines in 2016, encouraging multimedia resources, emphasis on evaluation and more:

The Framework concepts are currently informally integrated throughout library research sessions:

Information Literacy Tutorial

To Learn More

Consult with a librarian for ways to incorporate information literacy. 

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