Old Dominion University Libraries

Information Literacy Program
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The mission of the University Libraries' Information Literacy Program is to help individuals learn how to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively through a variety of means and in collaboration with the teaching faculty.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy as "the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information."


Information Literacy General Education Requirement

The University has embarked upon a campus-wide effort to include an information literacy and research component to general education requirements. To meet these requirements, courses need to be created or adapted. See the University's General Education Implementation page for more information.

Information Literacy Modules

In order to assist faculty with fulfilling the information literacy requirement, the library has created seven Information Literacy Modules. On the Modules page, you will find more information about the modules and instructions for incorporating them into your Blackboard courses.

Information Literacy Standards

Below you will find links to the Information Literacy Standards developed by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL). These are the currently-accepted and widely-used information literacy standards for higher education and correspond to the University's stated outcomes. [Handouts: Standards & Outcomes (4p.) / Standards & Outcomes with Objectives & Practices (12p.)]

Clicking on the links below will provide you with outcomes and practices for meeting each standard.

  • Standard 1: The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
  • Standard 2: The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Standard 3: The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
  • Standard 4: The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • Standard 5: The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

Subject-Specialist Reference Librarians

As always, subject-specialist reference librarians are available for consultations if you need help designing assignments relating to information literacy, or if you'd like in-person instruction for your classes. Contact your subject-specialist reference librarian.

Information Literacy Resources

Click here for a list of resources about Information Literacy.

Seminars for Faculty

Info Lit Roundtables at the Library -- For faculty who have taught or are planning to teach information literacy & research as a general education requirement, the University Libraries has offered two roundtables (Friday, January 7 and September 9, 2011) to discuss what worked or didn’t work and what the library can do to help. 

Information Literacy Seminar, March 2010 -- The University Libraries and Faculty Senate Committee A offered two seminars about Information Literacy at ODU in March 2010.

For further information, contact:

Nancy Schafer, Head, Reference and Research Services, nschafer@odu.edu