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Core Information Fluency Program Plan

Developed at the 2015 ACRL Immersion Program Track

Information Literacy Curriculum Scaffolding


Career classes/FYE:

  • Basic Search Skills
  • Study skills
  • Reference assistance (desk,chat, texting)
  • Plagiarism tutorial (required of all freshman)

Library Tours:

  • Hours/contact info
  • Reference Desk
  • Loan Periods
  • LC classification
  • Computer area/study rooms
  • Interlibrary Loan

English I/Composition Courses:

  • Basic Searching
  • Using catalog
  • Using databases
  • Basic citation
  • Evaluating sources


Core Curriculum:

  • Developing search strategies
  • Active learning assignments
  • Primary vs. secondary sources
  • Evaluating sources for authority (blogs vs. scholarly)
  • Literature reviews/annotated bibliographies
  • In depth citation analysis 


Upper Level and Graduate Courses:

  • Integrating sources into assignment
  • Managing found resources (citation managers)
  • Discuss evaluating sources within a discipline
  • Using collaboration tools for group projects
  • Locating resources within specific discipline
  • Joining the scholarly conversation
  • Using information for a specific purpose or community project
  • Creating yearlong research portfolios
  • Applying research to a capstone project

Curriculum Mapping

In addition to identifying the level of each knowledge practice (according to St. Edward students' and university's needs), the librarians mapped each knowledge practice, as defined in the ACRL Framework, to a specific course or courses (based on the courses that they focus heavily on in their current instructional program). They also reorganized all of the knowledge practices across the threshold concepts into more specific topics and organized those topics into four overarching strands.  By mapping knowledge practices to specific courses, and by organizing them into strands and topics, they created a vertical curriculum that scaffolds the threshold concepts across the four-year undergraduate experience.  Mundy Library is in the beginning stages of implementing this curriculum, and they are tweaking it as they continue through the development process. At this point, the knowledge practices are being used as Learning Outcomes. (Brittney Johnson, Head of Library Instruction, Munday Library, St. Edward's University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704)

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