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Information Literacy Resources for Faculty

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (ACRL Framework, Introduction)

The University at Albany recognizes the importance of information literacy for our students. It is included in both the lower level and upper level general education requirements.

This playlist has been compiled by the libraries' Information Literacy department to provide key resources about information literacy to get you started. If you have any questions or would like recommendations for further resources, please feel free to contact us.


About Information Literacy

Learn more about the information literacy librarians and our department’s mission.


The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

The ACRL Framework is the central defining document for information literacy, expanding on and deepening previous notions about what it means to be information literate. Featured concepts include “Information Has Value,” “Searching is Strategic Exploration,” and “Scholarship is a Conversation."


Instruction Request Form

Request librarian-led instruction for your class using this convenient instruction form.


Directory of Subject Librarians

Subject librarians can offer instruction on research in specific subject areas. Use this directory to find out the name and contact information for the subject librarian in your discipline.


Library Tutorials and Videos

No time for a librarian to visit your classroom? Many of our research-related tutorials can be assigned for credit. Tutorial topics include “Working with Scholarly Articles,” “Plagiarism 101”, and “Keyword Searching.”


Information Literacy Playlists

Our playlists feature materials in a variety of formats that can be used to help students become more confident users and creators of information. Topics include “Determining Credibility,” “Developing Research Strategies,” and “Fake News.”


Metaliteracy Badging System

The Metaliteracy Badging System offers students a chance to earn virtual badges to show off their learning by completing challenges and quests with metacognitive elements. Badges can be assigned for credit.


The Information Literacy User’s Guide

This open online textbook was edited and authored primarily by librarians in our department. Each chapter covers a concept related to information literacy and includes an activity that can be used to assess students’ learning.


Further Reading and Recommended Resources

The following resources provide further insight into how students approach research and the importance of information literacy.

Engaging First-Year Students in Meaningful Library Research: A Practical Guide for Teaching Faculty
Desperately Seeking Citations: Uncovering Faculty Assumptions About the Undergraduate Research Process
Publications by Project Information Literacy
Information Literacy Dialog videos from Project Information Literacy
Stanford Researchers Find Students Have Trouble Judging the Credibility of Information Online
Student Misidentification of Online Genres
Privileging Peer Review: Implications for Undergraduates


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