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Emory Libraries Information Literacy Program

The Emory Libraries seek to empower students with the information literacy skills and concepts they need to succeed during their time at Emory and in their future endeavors. With our instruction program, we work to build partnerships with faculty and campus programs to incorporate information literacy into courses and other learning experiences. We offer information literacy instruction to students through workshops, online resources, research consultations, and course-integrated instruction.

2020 Instruction Program Updates

While we are offeirng services in different ways, the Emory Libraries Instruction Program remains committeed to supporting students and faculty in their teaching, learning, and research. We are now offering many of our services, including instruction sessions, workshops, and research consultations online.

To see the latest updates about our evolving instructional offerings in 2020, please visit our Library Resources and Support for Flexible Teaching guide.

Mission Statement

The Emory Libraries instruction program supports the teaching and research mission of the university and strives to help students succeed by empowering them with meaningful information literacy skills. We seek to continually assess and improve our instruction program, to build partnerships with faculty and campus programs, and to enhance our instructional offerings with innovative approaches.

To learn more about our instruction services and offerings, visit Instructional Services for Faculty and TAs. If you have an idea or would like to explore ways we can work together to incorporate information literacy into your students' learning experiences, you can get in touch with a subject librarian.

Program Foundations

Information literacy is a set of integrated skills and competencies including the ability to find information, evaluate and critically reflect on information, understand how information is produced, and to ethically use information to create new knowledge and to effectively participate in conversations. Information literacy is an increasingly critical and valuable skill set for students to be successful learners and engaged citizens, and it connects to a number of related literacies, concepts, and theoretical frames.

  • Digital literacy -- Digital literacy is 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 -- Media literacy is 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. The Center for Media Literacy notes, "Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy."
  • Data literacy -- Data literacy is the ability to find, correctly interpret, and use data effectively. Data literacy is an increasingly important skill set that connects to major challenges like misinformation, privacy, and issues surrounding the collection and use of big data.
  • Metaliteracy -- Metaliteracy is an umbrella term that can encompass a number of other literacies and is a concept that promotes critical thinking, collaboration, and engaged citizenship in a digital age. Learn more about metaliteracy as a concept and explore research from the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Concepts and Theoretical Frames

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy is central to the Emory Libraries information literacy program and our programmatic learning outcomes. See below for some related concepts and theories.

  • Threshold concepts -- Threshold concepts are ideas in different disciplines that serve as critical points in learning. These concepts act as portals to new and enlarged understanding and ways of thinking in a discipline. ACRL has identified a number of threshold concepts within information literacy.
  • Inquiry -- Inquiry-based learning focuses on building curiosity and encouraging students to ask meaningful questions, to explore and discover new knowledge, and to use critical thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Metacognition -- Metacognition is an individual's understanding of their own learning and focuses on critical self-reflection and personal growth.

Program Learning Outcomes

Our instruction program strives to achieve the following learning outcomes. Students will be able to do the following:

  • Develop a research strategy that involves asking questions, articulating a topic, utilizing keywords to find and discover relevant information, and identifying information needs.
  • 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.
  • Create and use information ethically to participate in scholarly conversations and in different media and information ecosystems.
  • Reflect upon and describe the ways in which information is created and produced and the structures and systems that shape those production processes.
  • Analyze digital tools and technologies and use different tools to create and communicate ideas.
  • Examine different media ecosystems and the role of an individual media consumer, producer, and digital citizen in those ecosystems.