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last updated: 11/29/2013

Teaching & Learning


Through all disciplines of study, the processes of research and inquiry offer a common experience for students to discover scholarly conversations and consider their own contribution to these. By developing the opportunities for students to seek knowledge, analyze it, and use it to create something new, librarians and faculty are uniquely positioned to influence students’ critical thinking and self-efficacy. The learning experiences that evolve out of inquiry-based research endeavors transfer across the boundaries of course content and disciplinary thinking to establish a foundation of scholarly thought and critical awareness for students that is necessary for their academic success and lifelong learning.


The Department of Teaching & Learning is dedicated to:

- connecting the libraries to student learning and the student experience at IUB

- supporting the discipline-specific work of librarians through the development and integration of information literacy into the curriculum

- raising awareness about the teaching role of libraries and librarians

- collecting and documenting information literacy data libraries-wide for the purposes of assessment

- creating teaching-related opportunities for outreach to academic and non-academic departments

- designing information fluency initiatives for the General Education Curriculum


According to the Shared Goals of the General Education Policy at Indiana University (effective Fall 2011), Information Fluency is defined in the following way:

Information Fluency includes, but goes beyond, information technology skills, to introduce students to critical information resources that underlie the major field of study and introduce students to skills in utilizing information resources within that field. Students should be able to determine the extent of information needed, access the needed information effectively and efficiently, evaluate information and its sources critically, incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base, use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, and understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.

This language is based primarily on the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education approved by the Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on January 18, 2000.

last updated: 11/29/2013