Information Literacy Instruction | University of Portland

Information Literacy Instruction

Our mission is to develop students' information literacy abilities so that they can become effective and efficient users and producers of information. These essential skills will contribute to their academic success as well as create a foundation for lifelong learning.

What is Information Literacy?

"Information literacy is 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." (ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, 2015).

Schedule Information Literacy Instruction

Librarians work closely with faculty to develop students' information literacy skills.

Schedule a session for your class by emailing preferred dates and times to

Please contact us early for your best choice of dates and times, preferably at least one week in advance.

Information Literacy Across the Curriculum

Instruction librarians partner with faculty teaching classes across the curriculum to integrate information literacy. 

Options for Information Literacy Instruction

Information literacy instruction can take place in a variety of ways in order to address different learning styles and needs. Information literacy instruction includes:

Synchronous instruction:

  • Course-integrated instruction sessions, in our Library Classroom, in the regular classroom, or synchronous online instruction (through Zoom or Teams). The librarian may create a course guide to recommend resources and strategies to be used during the instruction as well as a resource for students for the remainder of the term.
  • Individual consultations (at the Research Desk, or by making an appointment to meet with a librarian)

Asynchronous instruction:

  • Online tutorials for self-paced, point-of-need assistance
  • The librarian may create a course guide to recommend resources and strategies for finding information in the discipline or targeted to a specific assignment 

About the Library Classroom

The library classroom, sponsored by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, is located on the upper floor of the library (room 211). The classroom has 25 student laptops and one instructor's station. The wireless laptops and movable furniture permit greater flexibility, allowing the room to be configured according to the focus of the session.

The library classroom can accommodate approximately 40 students. If additional classroom space is needed, librarians can often reserve an electronic classroom in Shiley Hall, Buckley Center, or Franz Hall.