Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students, Second Edition

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From high schools and colleges to technical and graduate schools, research involves making sense of information: learning the basics of planning, winnowing, and evaluating the quality of sources. As information proliferates, it's tempting to use the handiest tool rather than working to identify the best one. But there's a better way! Updated for today's ever-expanding world of electronic information, Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students, Second Edition is the best single resource for fundamental information literacy instruction. Covering the basics of planning, collecting, and evaluating, the 50 standards-based exercises in this book

  • Address one or more of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
  • Promote conceptual and applied skills via active learning, problem-based learning, and resource-based learning
  • Are ready for use by reference and instruction librarians at colleges and community colleges, as well as others responsible for teaching students how to conduct research

Perfect for a full semester course or a single focused seminar or workshop, these 50 lessons show how to engage with electronic and print information resources alike.

List of Exercises



Chapter 1 Information Explosion
Chapter 2 What Is Information?
Chapter 3 Getting Ready for Research
Chapter 4 The Chain of Information
Chapter 5 Issues of the Information Age
Chapter 6 Books and Catalogs
Chapter 7 Periodicals and Databases
Chapter 8 The Web and Scholarly Research
Chapter 9 Other Tools for Research
Chapter 10 The Paper Trail Project
Chapter 11 Assessment

Appendix: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

List of Contributors


Joanna M. Burkhardt

Joanna M. Burkhardt is Full Professor/Librarian at the University of Rhode Island Libraries. She is Director of the branch libraries in Providence and Narragansett and the URI Libraries Collection Development Manager. She earned an MA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MLS from the University of Rhode Island. She has taught information literacy to both students and teachers since 1999. She has given workshops, presentations, podcasts, keynote addresses, and panel discussions about information literacy. She is coauthor or author of four books about information literacy. She addressed the topic of fake news at the ALA Annual Conference in 2017 and designed a poster and bookmark on that topic for ALA Graphics.

Mary C. MacDonald

Mary C. MacDonald is an associate professor and Head of Instructional Services in the library at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston. She teaches sections of URI's course in information literacy. She is also active in the Rhode Island Library Association and a faculty member of the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy's Immersion Program.

Andre J. Rathemacher

Andr̩e J. Rathemacher is an Assistant Professor in the Reference Unit of the University Library at URI where she is the business specialist and bibliographer. She is actively involved in the Library's Information Literacy Program and teaches sections of URI's course in information literacy. She is an active member of the American Library Association, the Association for College and Research Libraries and the Rhode Island Library Association. She is currently Chair of ACRL/New England Chapter's Business Librarian?s Interest Group and Web Master for the Rhode Island Library Association. She has served on the URI Libraries Faculty Development Committee. She serves also on the University of Rhode Island Faculty Senate Teaching Effectiveness Committee.

"Beginning with the basic question, 'What is Information?' and ending with a more intense 'paper trail project,' the exercises can guide librarians as they assist students in the direction of information literacy skill development. This book is recommended for all librarians who teach in a higher educational institution."
--The Idaho Librarian

"Many types of educators, not just academic librarians, would find value in this book. The stated audience is college students, but because of the variety of designs, many of the exercises could easily be used as early as high school. This practical text is very easy to read ... The very reasonable price is appreciated."
--Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Deserves wide circulation in colleges and perusal by any instructors of freshmen. For those fortunate enough to have full-semester classes on information literacy, it is a 'must have' title. For places where primary information literacy instruction falls to the English department, it is a key resource. For librarians limited to single sessions with classes, and for reference librarians, it serves as a vital tool."
--Catholic Library World

"A useful tool for anyone responsible for teaching students how to conduct effective research."
--The Australian Library Journal