Information Literacy Program

We collaborate with faculty to develop information literate students.

"What is "Information Literacy"?

Information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively. This set of skills is essential in today's world.  Student development of information literacy is a process that spans the four-year college experience.

Information Literacy Program brochure (.pdf)


The library collaborates with instructional faculty to help students develop information literacy at the basic and field specific levels.

Basic Skills

Information literacy is integrated into the curriculum of General Education Cluster One (Foundational Skills). The components of the instruction program are:

Skills in the Major Field of Study

The library liaison program provides a librarian for each academic department to support integrating information literacy into the curriculum of the major.  Liaison librarians collaborate with faculty to design assignments, deliver instruction (in person and online), and assess learning. 

Faculty Development Opportunities

The library supports faculty integration of information literacy into courses by offering an annual workshop on designing information literacy assignments.  Read about the workshops, and see the assignments that were developed.

In addition the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy gateway provides many helpful resources.

For more information about the information literacy program, contact:

Jenne McCabe
Director of Library Instruction
mccabeja@jmu.edu