Information Literacy Curriculum

Information literacy curriculum for freshmen at Cal State Fullerton.

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Outline of the Info Lit Curriculum

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This document is the work of the Committee for INfolit DEsign (CINDEr) at California State University, Fullerton’s (CSUF) Pollak Library, in response to institutional needs for curricula that engage students in active learning to acquire information literacy (IL) skills to promote critical thinking. CSUF is emphasizing IL as a core competency for student mastery, as identified by the university’s accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This curriculum meets that challenge in part by applying the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education specifically to freshman students, though the resulting curriculum is usable for any student in need of an introduction to college-level research.

The library’s goal is to provide IL instruction that addresses ACRL’s specific frames, supports the move of academic departments toward meeting WASC core competencies, and is scalable (in its first stage) to all entering freshmen. Thus, CINDEr designed an IL curriculum that will be implemented as a customizable suite of online modules.

This IL curriculum is a living, flexible document that will be expanded to span a student’s academic career. CINDEr will provide tools and support for subject liaison library faculty to consult with instructional faculty and assist with integrating library resources that promote departmental student learning objectives for information literacy.

For more information, visit the CINDEr Library Guide.


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Authors: CINDEr members Lindsay O’Neill, Lettycia Terrones, Joy Sage, Adolfo Prieto, Joy Lambert, and Jon Cornforth. This document was reviewed and approved by instruction librarians at Pollak Library.

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