Information Literacy

Our Information Literacy Program (ILP) is built on the national standards of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and is designed to support undergraduate learning and Cal Lutheran's Student Learning Outcomes.

Currently, the ACRL standards are being augmented by the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which revolve around core threshold concepts. The ACRL summarizes the new framework this way: "At the heart of this Framework are conceptual understandings that organize many other concepts and ideas about information, research, and scholarship into a coherent whole."

A comparison chart shows how the Framework compares to the learning outcomes of the ACRL and AAC&U.

The Pearson Library instruction librarians are eager to incorporate the new framework to create engaging and active learning approaches to exploring information literacy threshold concepts with your students.

Our Goals

The goal of our program is to have a seamless blending of information literacy concepts and course content. Another goal is to introduce and reinforce information literacy concepts and skills sequentially and in concert with their course content. Some of our program objectives:

  • Introduce information competency skills during the freshman experience, e.g., including skill building in core courses such as University Life, English 111, and Religion 101.
  • Support faculty and students building on freshman level skills via information literacy activities and assignments in sophomore and junior level courses.
  • Integrate advanced information literacy skills and concepts to coincide with research-intensive papers in capstone courses.

Services for Faculty

Librarians offer various services revolving around information literacy to support faculty.

Fifty-Minute Instruction Sessions

“One-shot” 50-minute instruction sessions are customized instruction sessions focusing on orientations to library resources and using resources for specific assignments. Our goal is to sequence and integrate them more into the curriculum so that instruction sessions build on each other, present unique content, and avoid repetition.

Customized Workshops

Customized information literacy workshops on library resources and research strategies can be arranged by request for new undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Professionals program, MBA programs through the School of Management, and master's and doctoral programs at the Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Psychology. Workshops are frequently presented with the Writing Center.

Support for Program Reviews

Librarians work with faculty during the program review process and contribute a library section outlining resources and services provided through the Pearson Library that support student learning, especially discipline-specific information literacy. Collaborating with your subject librarian is very useful in preparation for accreditation and meeting other program evaluation goals.

Information Literacy Tutorials

Faculty are encouraged to incorporate information literacy tutorials to augment librarian visits. These tutorials include ProQuest’s Research Companion and others being created through the Center for Teaching and Learning. Your librarian will be happy to work with you on ways to add information literacy tutorial content into your courses.

Research Companion (ProQuest)

Multimedia-based information literacy resource. It is build to help students do more effective scholarly research and to support educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.

First Year Research Tutorial

Introduces new undergraduates to the importance of evaluating information and using information responsibly. Includes quizzes to reinforce learning.

Research Guides

Customized research guides for each academic discipline direct your students to the information sources they need.

See Research Guides

Request an Information Literacy Instruction Session

Your Information Specialist will help your students succeed in their assignments and projects through class visits and individual appointments.

Request a Session

Meet the Library Instruction Team

Invite your subject librarian to plan an engaging instruction session tailored to class assignments and research projects.

Meet the Team

Henri Mondschein, MLS, Ed.D., in coordination with the other librarians, manages the Information Literacy Program. You can contact him at