Information Literacy Instruction: Frameworks, Pedagogies, and Practices (July 2020)

This essay first appeared in the July 2020 issue of Choice (volume 57 | issue 11).


“Information literacy instruction” is a broad term that can refer to any pedagogical practice aimed at helping learners develop the skills needed to be considered information literate. Information literacy instruction, in this broad sense, is not new and has been an integral part of academic librarianship for decades, whether at the reference desk, in one-shot library sessions and workshops, or in college credit courses. However, in recent years the focus of information literacy instruction has been shifting from imparting bibliographic strategies to developing critical thinking skills. This shift is largely due to the increasing complexity of the information landscape and the …

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About the author:

Melissa Anderson is assistant professor, Campus Engagement and Research Services Librarian, at Southern Oregon University. She received a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Chicago and an MLIS from San José State University. Her research focuses on pedagogy and information literacy in the disciplines.