Web Gallery: Imagining the Future

Workshop for Washington Community College Librarians

Seattle, April 9, 2004 

General Information  |   Best Practices Models   |   Washington Models

The Web Gallery provides links to extend the experience of the workshop. The websites listed within the "Best Practices Models"  section are from the ten institutions selected to attend the Best Practices Conference in Atlanta Georgia in June 2002. These programs exemplify successful implementation of some of the characteristics of Best Practices. It is assumed that the final section with selected Washington models will continue to grow and a complete list of links to IL programs in Washington can be developed as an outcome of the grant. 

General Information Links

Best Practices IL Model Programs

Austin Community College

Librarians serve as "Facilitators of Information Literacy" and lead in the development, maintenance and distribution of college-wide programs, although all reference librarians may be involved in instructional design and teaching.  An Information Literacy Committee oversees the success of information literacy efforts college-wide. Workshops are given to students and faculty, in person and online. The Info Game is their online tutorial.

California State University Fullerton (CSUF)

With assistance from the California State University Information Competence Initiative, a statewide initiative with system wide resources, CSUF developed and is developing detailed IL learning outcomes for twenty departments from Accounting to Women's Studies. CSUF offers first year integrated information competency and workshops for teaching the teacher.  

Elmhurst (Illinois) College 

Information literacy instruction is the organizing philosophy for all the library's services and programs. The instruction program includes a required module in all courses in the Writing and Reasoning category of our general education program and course-integrated information literacy across the curriculum at basic and advanced levels. Librarians teach over 200 formal instruction sessions each year. Librarians have faculty status and serve on curriculum review committee. 

James Madison University  

Information-seeking and evaluation skills are objectives of the JMU General Education Program. The Go for the Gold Web-based program is required for introductory Gen Ed courses.  JMU students must pass the Information-Seeking Skills Test by the end of their first year to demonstrate IL competency.

Minneapolis Community & Technical College  

The IL requirement is embedded in general course work. Students must pass the "authentic"  IL exam. An IL  tutorial is provided to assist students in preparing for the IL exam.  See sample IL competency exam.

Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)

The Libraries' Instruction Office coordinates University Libraries instructional program and develops system-wide instructional materials. The office works with members of the library faculty and staff to offer instruction at all levels. net.TUTOR offers interactive online tutorials to improve research skills. The Gateway to Information recommends quality print, online and Web resources by subject. Libraries offers credit courses in partnership with Undergraduate Student Academic Services (USAS). These are online or "distance" courses.

University at Albany--State University of New York

The SUNY system also has a statewide initiative. Librarians have developed excellent strategic goals and are building on the Middle States Guidelines. The General Education program has defined IL requirements and competencies

Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa)

Wartburg is a small college that infuses  an Information Literacy Across the Curriculum within five required courses in General Education and in mandating information literacy within all majors. Flexibility in implementation is maintained to support instructor-specific outcomes as well as different teaching and learning styles. It has developed a strong mission and a detailed curricular map for IL across the curriculum with IL plans for majors. They have also developed assessment plans and a pretest assessment survey.  

Weber State University (Ogden, UT)

Weber State University has taken advantage of campus and higher ed initiatives to grow its IL program. Beginning with the  "Writing Across the Curriculum" movement in the 80's it abandoned "tours" for electronic classroom active learning sessions within all English 2010 core writing courses. This was followed by integrating IL into  all First Year Experience courses. In 1998 the Utah State Board of Regents developed a statewide "Computer Literacy Requirement." At WSU  IL was attached and it is called the "Computer and Information Literacy" requirement. To meet this requirement most students take the Internet Navigator online course. Over 1200 students are enrolled in IL courses this semester. Adjunct library faculty assist in meeting this need. Library faculty work with discipline faculty to provide course integrated IL instruction across the curriculum.  A new instruction data gathering data base, part of the faculty portal, is used to record and keep track of the nearly 200 course integrated instruction sessions offered each year by ten faculty librarians and professional staff. Assessment plans are developed and data is displayed for each type of IL instruction offered. Programmatic goals and objectives are developed following the ACRL Best Practices Guidelines and results are summarized in annual reports. The IL team has most recently developed partnerships with Student Services (supporting "college tier") and with the Undergraduate Research Initiative. 

Zayed University (United Arab Emirates)

Information Literacy Librarians are available at each campus and an Information Literacy Strategic Plan has been developed. Information literacy is identified as one of the six main learning outcomes of the core curriculum. The library shares responsibility with the Readiness Program, General Education and Majors Studies, for helping students develop information literacy skills. ZU has used student portfolios very successfully in the core English courses. Two of their librarians, Jane Birks and Fiona Hunt, have recently published the book Hands-On Information Literacy Activities, published by Neal-Schuman)

Selected Washington Models

There are many excellent models for IL programs in Washington. UWired, UWill and Pierce College have received numerous early accolades. Several (of many more) excellent model IL activities and plans in Washington are listed below

Bellview Community College -

Critical Thinking and Information Literacy Across the Curriculum. NSF and Diversity grants helped fund curriculum revisions in five departments resulting in courses and assignments  with greater emphasis in critical thinking and information literacy skills

Clark Community College

Clark offers a variety of information literacy learning opportunities, through the TILT tutorial, and via many course integrated instruction sessions and Web "How Do I" guides and library class links.

Green River Community College

The Holman Library Mission statement clearly highlights information literacy:

Pierce College

The Pierce College library  instruction program provides resource-base learning opportunities for students, staff and faculty through course integrated instruction, individual consultation, and professional development workshops. Librarians are available to develop Information Competency components for course outcomes and assessment. See the page on Materials for Working Assessment IC Components.

Seattle Central

Information literacy is listed as one of the campus wide learning outcomes . They have developed a great Web page for marketing IL to faculty. Courses (LIB 101 - Introduction to Information resources), workshops, Web guides and presentations are all offered. They are sharing their assessment activities widely.


Sample Library Research Assignments, Course - Library Science 101: Research Problems. Their Instruction page provides information for faculty, an a page on modes of instruction.

With over thirty three community and technical colleges listed, it was difficult to review them all adequately. Please let me know, what is missing here. Are there Web pages or sites from other community or technical colleges in Washington that can/should/could be highlighted here? Please send to Chansen@weber.edu and I will happily add these, now or in the future.