Information Literacy Instruction


In order to support WMU’s vision to be learner centered, discovery driven, and globally engaged, the University Libraries’ Information Literacy program seeks to foster information literacy for all students, faculty, and staff.

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing:

  • effective and reflective discovery of information
  • the understanding of how information is produced and valued
  • the use of information in creating new knowledge
  • participating ethically in communities of learning


  1. Integrate information literacy into overall university curricula through scaffolding of information literacy across courses within departments; pedagogical support of faculty; and development and promotion of asynchronous online instruction materials.
  2. Target information literacy interventions for:
    • General Education courses
    • Baccalaureate Writing courses
    • Major/Minor required courses
    • Graduate and research-intensive courses
  3. Integrate information literacy into the forthcoming General Education program
  4. Assess the impact of the Libraries’ information literacy program
  5. Increase visibility and outreach of Libraries’ information literacy program and services for students, faculty, and staff

Actions for 2015-2016

  1. Integrate information literacy into course curriculum for all English 1050 “Thought and Writing” course sections [goals 1, 2]
  2. Examine the current model of teaching HSV 3650 “Information Literacy in the Health Sciences” course and explore sustainable alternatives [goal 1]
  3. Develop Assessment Plan for Libraries’ Information Literacy program in line with University Libraries’ Strategic and Assessment Plans [goal 4]
  4. Continue librarian membership on the Ad Hoc Committee on General Education [goal 3]
  5. Create, update, maintain, and promote online information literacy instruction materials for use in courses [goals 1, 5]
  6. Market information literacy instruction interventions to faculty who teach baccalaureate writing courses [goals 2, 5]

What's next?

Instructors, if you would like to know how to incorporate information literacy into your class, go to our Teaching and Consultation page. You may also choose to directly schedule a research instruction session.

For more information about what the Libraries hope students are able to do when they become information literate, see our Information Literacy Core Competencies page.

Also, take a look at our ResearchPath online tutorial and our Library Research Support Guide page for instructions on how to do many common library research tasks.