Information Studies


These resources are provided for the benefit of librarians and educators interested in designing an information literacy curriculum. In addition to the course material presented on this page, the MCTC Library faculty works with instructors from various subject disciplines to embed information literacy instruction and assessment in their curriculum and assignments. This Research Portfolio and corresponding assessment rubric were designed for content courses that require a research paper or project. The portfolio provides an opportunity for the instructor to assess information literacy skills.

All original content is licensed under a Creative Commons License. If you do use or modify any of our materials, please let us know by contacting Tom Eland (612-659-6286).

Professional Reading

  • Accardi, Maria T., Emily Drabinski and Alana Kumbier. eds. Critical Library Instruction: Theories & Methods. Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press, 2010.
  • Badke, William. "Ten Reasons to Teach Information Literacy for Credit." Online 32.6 (Nov. 2008): 47-49.
  • Elmborg, James. "Critical Information Literacy: Implications for Instructional Practice." Journal of Academic Librarianship. 32.2 (2006): 192-199.
  • Holschuh Simmons, Michelle. "Librarians as Disciplinary Discourse Mediators: Using Genre Theory to Move toward Critical Information Literacy." portal: Libraries and the Academy. 5.3 (2005): 297-311.
  • Owusu-Ansah, Edward K. "Beyond Collaboration: Seeking Greater Scope and Centrality for Library Instruction." portal: Libraries and the Academy. 7.4 (2007): 415-429.
  • Shanbhaq, Shilpa. "Alternative Models of Knowledge Production: A Step Forward in Information Literacy as a Liberal Art." Library Philosophy and Practice. 8.2 (2006).

Course Material

Team Assignments with Grading Rubrics

  1. Locating & Evaluating Background Information doc | pdf
  2. Narrowing & Defining Your Research Topic doc | pdf
  3. Locating and Evaluating Books doc | pdf
  4. Locating and Evaluating Scholarly Journal Articles doc | pdf
  5. Locating and Evaluating Magazine & Newspaper Articles doc | pdf
  6. Locating and Evaluating Alternative Press Articles doc | pdf

Comprehensive Exam with Grading Rubric

  • Research Portfolio: A Comprehensive Exam, in 3 Phases doc | pdf

Supporting Resources



Information Literacy Program Assessment Reports

All sections of INFS 1000 use equivalent syllabus, assignments, exams and grading rubrics. This allows us to do a comprehensive program assessment across all sections of the class. The annual program assessment uses data gathered from the final exam project. The assessment report is based upon the 5 key competencies measured in the final exam project grading rubric. The 2007-2008 report is our last report. We learned much from the annual assessments over the years and used the data to constantly revise the course. We are currently assessing our Library Information Technology A.A.S. degree program.