Emory Libraries Information Literacy Program

The Emory Libraries strives to empower students with transferable information literacy and research skills to help them succeed and thrive during their years at Emory and in their future endeavors. The Emory Libraries work collaboratively with campus partners to provide opportunities for students to discover new ideas and interests, approach new information with the spirit of inquiry and a critical lens and explore opportunities and avenues for pursuing research and scholarly pursuits.

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Program Goals 

The Emory Libraries instruction program is committed to the following goals and principles:

  • Promoting and practicing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in our work and programming
  • Ensuring that the libraries resources and programming are accessible and inclusive
  • Exploring critical information literacy in our programming and working with students and campus partners to interrogate power structures and systems of oppression that shape our information ecosystems
  • Provide opportunities and programming centered around the following
    • Experience and Community
    • Discovery and Inquiry 
    • Communication and Expression

Learning Outcomes 


  • Develop a research strategy that involves asking questions, articulating a topic, utilizing keywords to find and discover relevant information, and identifying information needs.
  • Reflect upon and describe the ways in which information is created and produced and the structures and systems that shape those production processes.


  • Critically evaluate different sources of information to determine the credibility of a source and the use of a source within the context of a given research project or need.
  • Examine different media ecosystems and the role of an individual media consumer, producer, and digital citizen in those ecosystems.


  • Create and use information ethically to participate in scholarly conversations and in different media and information ecosystems.

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy is central to the Emory Libraries information literacy program and our programmatic learning outcomes, as well as the following literacies.

  • Digital literacy: The ability to find, create, and share digital content and to understand and use digital tools in communicative and collaborative ways. You can learn more about digital literacy at the American Library Association's digital literacy clearinghouse.
  • Media literacy: The ability to find, analyze, evaluate, and create media as well as actively participate in a variety of media ecosystems. Media literacy involves a fluency with and an understanding of how different types of media are created and used.
  • Data literacy: The ability to find, correctly interpret, and use data effectively.