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Faculty Guide to Using Library Resources

Learn how use library resources in your course.

What is Information Literacy?

"Information literacy as an overarching set of abilities in which students are consumers and creators of information who can participate successfully in collaborative spaces"  (ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education).Building these abilities is key to Blackhawk students strengthen critical thinking BTC Core Ability and being engaged in continued success within their professional fields.

Core Abilities Connected to Information Literacy


BTC Core Ability: Demonstrate Critical Thinking ACRL Information Literacy Framework
Define problems clearly and precisely  Searching as Strategic Exploration: determine the initial scope of the task required to meet their information needs,  utilize divergent (e.g., brainstorming) and convergent (e.g., selecting the best source) thinking when searching;  match information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools;
Utilize relevant information gathered from diverse perspectives  Research as Inquiry: monitor gathered information and assess for gaps or weaknesses; synthesize ideas gathered from multiple sources


Library Information Literacy Instruction

Library information literacy instruction can be:

  • 45 minutes to 1 hour librarian led workshop online or in person in your class 
  • A custom library guide (see an example here) specific to your research assignment or class 

Request Library Instruction and/or Library Guides

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