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First Year Curriculum: General Education Goals

Short term goals:

  • Put a basic, standardized program and policy in place to build upon and to use to respond to faculty requests for instruction

  • Give faculty time to focus on other projects and participate more effective and meaningful teaching experiences (Liaison work, LIBR 1101)

  • Articulate a department-wide philosophy of Information Literacy Instruction


Long term goals:

  • Build a solid foundation of information literacy that we can build upon meaningfully in our liaison departments

  • Use our tutorials and proven success with incorporating IL into the curriculum to solicit support and buy-in for participation in Faculty Information Literacy Institute

  • Use data from SAILS and our collected assessment to prove ongoing value of library instructional services

  • Improve liaison program



The overarching philosophy of this plan is to make efforts to embed information literacy into each course, almost always to the exclusion of a face to face “one-shot” session. The reason for this is twofold: One is that information literacy is more impactful when it is integrated and authentic, which is something that is not always achievable in a one-shot. Two, the faculty that by and large have to cover these one-shots are already overwhelmed with other work because of understaffing. Incorporating information literacy into courses works in particular with the long term strategic goals of the library’s Instructional Services department.


  • to fulfill their information need

  • Identify keywords in order to construct efficient searches for information

  • Incorporate presearching into their research workflows in order to create workable research questions and search strategies

Lesson Plan:

IS faculty will create a worksheet that reflects the identified learning outcomes for this course. This worksheet will be fairly straightforward, with multiple choice and true/false answers. These worksheets will be graded by IS GAs We will disseminate this worksheet to all COMM 1110 instructors as an optional introduction to library research and IL concepts. These instructors will also have access to our online information literacy toolkit for instructors.


ENGL 1101:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Contextualize the process of research in order to understand its importance and purpose in their personal and academic lives

  • Explore the organization and functionality of a database in order to use it effectively in academic research

  • Distinguish between popular and scholarly sources in order to select appropriate sources for information need

  • Identify the relevant parts of the information cycle in order to select appropriate sources to fulfill their information need

Lesson Plan:

First Year Writing faculty will have access to an online instructor’s toolbox that they can use to incorporate information literacy into their curriculum. We will also provide faculty with assignments that they can assign to their courses (and will be graded by IS GAs.) We will supplement these materials with optional face to face workshops on specific tools and topics geared towards first year students as well as online instruction modules.


ENGL 1102:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify keywords in order to construct efficient searches for information

  • Understand the organization and functionality of a subject-specific database (MLA)  in order to effectively narrow their searches and find relevant information.

  • Analyze information resources in order to decide how to integrate their research findings into their work.

Lesson Plan:

IS Faculty will work with First Year English faculty to embed information literacy into the ENGL 1102 curriculum. This will involve creating an online IL toolkit for faculty and IS faculty providing in person training sessions on how to use the toolkit to create assignments. Like 1101, we will offer optional face to face workshops on specific tools and topics geared towards first year students.


SAILS: IN testing center: Ask if they’ve taken ENGL 1101, 1102, LIBR 1101