Information Literacy

What is information literacy?

Information literacy, or IL, is defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries as "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".¹

Information Literacy includes the set of abilities and skills enabling students to:

Effectively Access, critically Assess, efficiently Assimilate, and responsibly Apply information.

How can I incorporate information literacy into my courses?

Your liaison librarian is your first point of contact for engaging library services in support of teaching and learning. We work with you to create an integrated approach to information literacy instruction for your students. Librarians at Western Libraries are skilled and experienced in providing a variety of class types, working in a variety of instruction environments, and collaborating with faculty on the development and delivery of information literacy curricula. To support this work, Western Libraries has developed Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (ILLOs), designed to work in tandem with the Western Degree Outcomes (WDOs). These ILLOs cover a range of topics including the responsible creation and use of information, and the development of enduring research skills.

Some of the instruction services we provide are:

  • customized in-class sessions

  • collaborative faculty/librarian design and delivery of course material

  • customized library course guides

  • consultation services and research appointments

  • workshops

Where can I go to learn more about information literacy?

Consult the following standards, frameworks, and guidelines for examples of how IL has been defined and is being incoporated into curricula at academic institutions around the world.

North America

United Kingdom

Australia and New Zealand


(1) Association of College and Research Libraries (2015). Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Retrieved from: