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Information Literacy

Information Literacy

Information literacy is defined as the ability to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information"(ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education). The University of Wyoming recognizes the importance of graduating information literate students by including information literacy in the University Studies Program. Information literacy helps to prepare students for lifelong learning and civic engagement as they practice questioning and finding answers to their questions.

How the library can help

If you are teaching a class, lab, or discussion session with a research component, a librarian can partner with you to provide your students with an introduction to library resources. Librarians are happy to work with classes in various disciplines, and the libraries have subject specialists for most majors. They prefer to schedule library instruction sessions at the point of need, when students have a topic for a research assignment and are motivated to learn information strategies. They can create lesson plans that will help students move to the next stage in the research process, find resources to supplement their understanding of course readings, or find information to complete a lab assignment. Librarians can meet your class in a library classroom, in your own classroom, or in an online space. They are also happy to work with students one-on-one or in small groups, so recommend to your students that they consult with librarians for their information needs.

How to schedule a library instruction session

Fill out the Instruction Request form online. Visit and the “For Instructors” tab. Click on “Request an Instruction Session” or email the Research Help desk at

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