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Information Literacy @ Egan Library: Overview

What is Information Literacy?

UAS lists information literacy as one of our Undergraduate Competencies: "competency in information literacy combines the skills of being able to 1) identify needed information; 2) locate and access the information; 3) analyze and evaluate the content; 4) integrate and communicate the information; and 5) evaluate the product and the process."

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy in its guiding document, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education as "the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." Egan Library's information literacy outcomes are based on the Framework.

Egan Library’s information literacy program contributes to the library’s mission by promoting information literacy throughout the University curriculum and library services, empowering students to critically use and evaluate library and other information resources and to grow as independent critical thinkers and lifelong learners. 

Information Literacy Instruction at UAS

Librarians provide information literacy instruction in both the face-to-face and e-Learning environments. Our course-integrated instruction is tied to a specific assignment or student need and taught in-person via a class visit or online via a variety of asynchronous or synchronous means. Examples include:

  • Course-integrated instruction sessions facilitated by faculty librarians, delivered in the classroom or via Blackboard.

  • Credit-bearing courses taught by by faculty librarians (LS110 & LS111).

  • Collaboration with faculty on research assignments, instructional handouts, instructional videos, and assessments. 

  • Instructional online research guides and print materials.

  • On-demand research help through a variety of channels, including in-person and via phone and chat.

  • Personal research consultations by appointment.

  • Instruction for various groups at University events, such as Convocation and Adjunct Faculty Orientation.

  • Library events and programs, for example the annual Egan Library Open House.

  • Professional development workshops through the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Library Liaisons

Librarian Liaisons:

To schedule an in-person or synchronous online session, please contact the Librarian Liaison for your School at least two weeks in advance.

You can also contact the Reference Desk to have your request directed to the appropriate librarian. We look forward to working with you!

References for this Research Guide

ACRL. (2015, February 2). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from

Pagowsky, N. (2014, December 9). Nicole Pagowsky: #acrlilrevisions next steps. Retrieved from

UA Libraries. (2016). Learning outcomes: University of Arizona Libraries’ instruction program. Retrieved from

USC Libraries. (n.d.). Information literacy outcomes for undergraduates. Retrieved from

UWB/CC Campus Library. (2016, June). Teaching and learning at the Campus Library: Learning outcomes. Retrieved from