The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has created a new (2016) document to guide librarians and faculty in how to support student learning of information literacy skills and habits of thought and practice. Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education outlines core ideas or threshold concepts that can be used to guide the creation of experiences or assignments in any class requiring the use of information. (This document replaces the Information Literacy Competency Standards that had been widely used since 2000, but in practice was difficult to translate into day to day work with students.)
Some great reads by Barbara Fister, from her Library Babel Fish column in Inside Higher Ed:
Project Information Literacy is a series of ongoing "research studies that investigate what it is like being a college student in the digital age," to understand how today's students use information, what their needs are, what strategies they use. These videos each give a entre into research conducted by this group. To find out more, visit their website.
Section 1: Research and the Scholarly Conversation
Section 2: Understanding Information (includes evaluation of information, primary, secondary and tertiary resources, and scholarly and popular sources)
Section 3: Keeping it Legal (includes copyright, fair use, plagiarism, and citations)
Section 4: Creating your own Resource List for your Topic
Section 5: Picking a Topic and Developing it
Section 6: Identifying a Variety of Words to Use and Creating Search Strategies (includes keywords, Boolean operators and choosing databases)
Section 7: Finding Books and Articles in Library Databases
Section 8: Searching the Web
Section 9: Wrapping it Up
Section 10: Glossary
(SDV-119): The library offers a one credit-hour course providing basic instruction in using the library as an access point to information.The student will develop methodology to master the process of inquiry and improve their ability to find, evaluate and use information.
Please encourage your students to take this class. You can search for this course on EagleNet. The syllabus is posted below.