Instruction librarians are all too familiar with well-intentioned research papers and assignments that reduce information literacy to a simplistic checklist (must include 4 peer-reviewed sources) or set of skills (use interlibrary loan, cite materials properly). Librarians and classroom faculty should recognize that information literacy cannot just be magically imparted to students through a single assignment or library instruction session. Becoming information literate requires repeated practice in a variety of contexts. How often have you wished for the opportunity to just sit down with a faculty member and start from scratch when designing an assignment –or even better- an entire course? That is precisely what the presenters have done with two sociology courses at Illinois Wesleyan University. Professor of Sociology, Meghan Burke and Information Literacy Librarian, Chris Sweet collaboratively re-designed two of Professor Burke's race and ethnic relations sociology courses. The new courses integrate information literacy concepts throughout each course. Because of the new course structure, teaching information literacy has also become a shared responsibility.
Curriculum and Instruction | Information Literacy
Sweet, Chris and Burke, Meghan, "Starting from Scratch: Meaningful Integration of Information Literacy through Collaborative Course and Assignment Design" (2014). Scholarly Publications. Paper 76.