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Instruction Services: Information Literacy

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Information Literacy Support

Whether you want students to develop their topic or search complex databases, course integrated library instruction is the best way to improve your students research skills.

We offer a variety of instruction options for both online and face to face courses including:

LU's Reference & Instruction Librarians

Michael Saar - Head, Information Literacy and Assessment

Carmen Doering - Reference and Instruction Librarian

Scott Crawford - Reference and Instruction Librarian

Why is Information Literacy Important?


Information Literacy (IL) refers to the ability to recognize a need for information and to find, analyze, and synthesize related material from books, articles, websites and more.

How Can IL Benefit Students?
A 2017 survey of 42,000 students in more than 1,700 courses at 12 major research universities showed that:

  • Retention rates were higher for students whose courses included IL instruction.
  • Students whose courses included IL instruction reported higher average first-year GPAs than those whose courses did not.
  • Students who took IL instruction successfully completed 1.8 more credit hours per year than students who did not.

How Can IL Benefit Faculty?

Students who are information literate are better able to come up with workable topics for their papers, research those topics iindependently, and write papers that conform to rigorous academic standards.

Why IL Matters to Faculty?

A short video discussing IL value to faculty (may require LEA login to view)