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Information Literacy Toolkit: Resources for Faculty


What is information literacy?

“Information literacy is 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.”  (Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015)

Information literacy skills are essential for success in our academic, personal, and future professional lives. Development of information literacy and technological competency across disciplines is one of the goals of a Bucknell education.  

In collaboration with faculty, librarians are active partners in the development of these vital skills through one-on-one interactions with students in the Research Help area, through research consultations, and through course-related information literacy instruction.


Tips for building students' information literacy skills

  • Encourage students to seek help from a librarian, and include librarian contact information on your syllabus.
  • Collaborate with a librarian about activities that build information literacy skills.
  • Invite a librarian to teach one or more assignment-based information literacy sessions.
  • Attend and participate during the session.  Your presence boosts student engagement.
  • Ask your librarian to create a course-specific Research by Subject guide.
  • Review criteria for evaluating information sources with your students.
  • Break research assignment components into manageable parts, with opportunities for practice and feedback.

General information

Research Services educates students for a lifetime of critical thinking, exploration, and intellectual curiosity through information literacy instruction, upholding intellectual freedom, providing equal access to information, collaborating and engaging with faculty and students, and building relevant collections.

Bucknell educational outcomes



  • See RAILS (Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) for rubrics by category.

Subject Librarian

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Jill Hallam-Miller
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Bertrand Library
Research Help Area Rm 109
Phone: 570.577.2055
Text the Library @ 570-487-3898
Office Hours: M-F by appointment

Worksheets and resources

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