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CheckLIST: Library Information Skills Toolkit

Developing Students' Information Literacy Skills

Information Literacy

"Information literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society”

CLIP Definition of Information Literacy 2018 

Information Literacy is an essential element of critical thinking and problem solving. Students who are information literate are better able to come up with workable topics for their papers, research those topics independently, and write papers that conform to rigorous academic standards. We all know that digital familiarity and Information Literacy cannot be equated. In terms of Information literacy, confidence (“digital natives”) is not a reliable predictor of competence. Information Literacy is a process that is learned over time, and with practice.

To that end the Library provides Credo Infolit, an online information literacy instructional module for faculty use —in turn, allowing you to spend more of your time and energy teaching, rather than addressing these critical thinking problems in each individual student. The InfoLit Modules provide high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials on information literacy and critical thinking skills. The InfoLit Modules are ideal for supplementing and supporting your classroom instruction, online teaching, or student remediation needs.

What’s included in the Infolit modules and how can it help you and your students?

  • Create a foundation of critical thinking skills around information literacy.
  • Enhance instruction with engaging multimedia. Topics have been divided among nine modules; each includes videos, tutorials, and quizzes.
  • Topics cover: research process; sources of information, searching for information; evaluating information; presenting research and data, referencing styles and academic integrity; visual and quantitative literacy; using critical thinking and logic; and culture and citizenship.
  • Use flipped classroom instruction to deliver essential content, while saving class time for subject-specific instruction.
  • Maintain requirements with the ILF framework

The library now has a framework (Information Literacy Framework ILF) to help you guide in the development of scaffolded Information Literacy Instruction.

More information about the modules: https://www.infobase.com/product/academia/credo-infolit-core/

How Can You Use the InfoLit Modules?

  • Supplement your unit assignments with information literacy content and quizzes
  • Configure delivery through Blackboard and provide integrated assessments. Credo supports LTI integration, individual activities can be embedded into different pages/weeks in your course shell. This enables you to monitor whether or not individual students click on the links, and also captures quiz results within the gradebook
  • Remediate students with compulsory viewing of embedded materials

Are the InfoLit Modules Easy to Setup and Use? How can we work with you?

  • Select any part of the modules to use that fits your curriculum, from individual module to all nine modules. Our Liaison Librarians can help you pick the ideal tools to meet your student learning outcomes.
  • Help you design an effective research assignment that anticipates potential student stumbling blocks.
  • Help you evaluate a current research assignment for information literacy competencies.
  • Help you to embed instructional materials into your Blackboard course and can also link quizzes to the grade centre.

Access the InfoLit Modules in class from the Instructional Guide, Blackboard or by direct link to the complete course.

To browse and view all of the videos, tutorials, and quizzes available, go to

CheckLIST: Library Information Skills Toolkit

We are here to assist you via F2F consults, Zoom, email and telephone. Contact your Liaison Librarian with your questions, teaching needs and if you would like this tool to be embedded in your Blackboard course.