Information Literacy in Context—Expanding Foundational Skills Instruction into the Disciplines

Sponsored by Credo Reference
Recorded on 06/19/2019

Posted in Library Instruction


Students benefit from learning foundational skills such as information literacy and critical thinking in a variety of settings. Gen Ed is an obvious starting point, but mastery depends on students practicing their new skills and altered mindset as they progress in their field of study. It can be hard to squeeze information literacy into an already packed curriculum. It’s equally hard for instructors to keep up with the latest information literacy tips and best practices.

Give yourself a headstart on the fall semester’s IL efforts by hearing from experts who have already paved the way when it comes to scaffolding IL throughout a student’s time in school. On June 19th, please join Jonna Peterson, senior clinical informationist at Northwestern University, and Amanda DiFeterici, instructional librarian and product manager at Credo Reference, as they present innovative approaches to broadening the reach of foundational skills instruction. Jonna was instrumental in designing materials for Credo’s Instruct: Health Science product and will share tips and best practices for teaching information literacy within specific disciplines. She will also discuss how she collaborates with faculty at her institution to increase student success, and how such approaches informed her contributions to the Health Sciences product. Amanda will provide examples of how Credo has successfully collaborated with various libraries to address a wide variety of student and faculty needs.

Attendees will learn what it takes to create lesson plans on foundational skills within the context of different disciplines and see how emerging technologies and resources are creating new opportunities for instruction and assessment. They will come away more confident in their ability to offer IL outside of general education classrooms and will be ready to create solid partnerships with discipline faculty to ensure that students are proficient in research and writing in their major. There will be time to ask Peterson and DiFeterici questions about their experiences in IL classrooms and about how best to approach discipline-specific IL in your institution.


Jonna Peterson

Senior Clinical Informationist, Galter Health Sciences Library
Northwestern University

Jonna is the Senior Clinical Informationist at the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University. She has been a health sciences librarian in the Chicago area for over 15 years. Currently, she works with the Department of Medicine spending three mornings a week answering clinical questions and playing the role of human ambassador to the resources Galter provides.

Amanda DiFeterici

Senior Product Manager
Credo Reference

Amanda brings a decade of experience in education as an instructional librarian, library director, and instructional designer to her role as Senior Product Manager with Credo Reference. She earned a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and brought prior teaching experience as a music educator to her role as a Library Director for several years, focusing primarily on information skills instruction and assessment. Amanda joined Credo in 2014 and has focused on educational research and best practices to support product development around instruction and assessment of information literacy, critical thinking, and other related skills.