UO Libraries Instruction Services

Our instruction aims to foster information literacy skills in students, faculty, and the UO community. We believe in teaching excellence and strive to provide accurate and relevant information to you and your students.

At UO Libraries we define Information Literacy (IL) as: 

A set of practices that empowers people to critically, effectively, and ethically use and create information to engage with the world personally, professionally, and civically in support of educational goals and to foster continuous learning.

IL Learning Outcomes

Central to the UO Libraries is to be an integral part of the education of students. We are strategically placed to assist faculty, researchers, staff, and students in all endeavors related to their UO work and beyond, and we play a vital role in assisting the University of Oregon achieve its mission. To that end, the UO Libraries IL Learning Outcomes are aligned with the University of Oregon mission to ...help individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically.” 

Goal 1.  Research as Conversation: Understanding the nature of information

  1. Considers diverse perspectives and sources when choosing a research strategy and materials.
  2. Undertakes research as an iterative process and that refinement and modification are part of that process.
  3. Recognizes that information production and dissemination differs across academic disciplines.
  4. Identifies experts for help when seeking further information.

Goal 2. Critical Thinking: Process of finding and evaluating information

  1. Uses tools and criteria used to evaluate material for relevance to topic and credibility.
  2. Develops an effective research question and can translate that question to a research strategy.
  3. Recognize the diverse cultural, physical, social, and historical contexts of an information source in order to understand how they influence the content. (via PSU)
  4. Creates a search strategy that takes into account how language and search algorithms affect search results.

Goal 3.  Ethical Use: Understanding and using information properly

  1. Recognize that intellectual property is a legal and social construct that varies by culture.
  2. Represents the works of others appropriately by properly citing and crediting

Goal 4.  Knowledge Organization and Creation: The process and product of creating new information

  1. When choosing an avenue for their work, considers audience, intent, and medium.
  2. Synthesizes resources to create new knowledge or articulate an informed viewpoint.
  3. Develops an organized method for storing and retrieving collected resources.


Partnering with a Librarian

Your subject specialist librarian can work with you to develop dynamic learning experiences to incorporate these goals and objectives into your courses. Librarians are trained in instruction and can consult with disciplinary faculty on course design, assignment design, as well as providing one-shot or embedded instruction services, both online and in the classroom. We strive for teaching excellence and look forward to working with you towards the success of our students! 

Librarians can:
  • Lead targeted IL instruction for your classes in-person or online, in the library or in your classroom
  • Consult with you on assignment design to scaffold in appropriate IL outcomes
  • Partner with you to review submitted student work, particularly cited sources, annotated bibliographies, etc.
  • Create subject and course-specific research guides to point your students to appropriate resources
  • Add assessment quizzes for library tutorials to your Canvas course site
  • Meet with your students individually or in small groups for research consultations
Library Instruction Session Topic Examples:
  • Overview of relevant library resources
  • Defining and narrowing a research topic
  • Developing effective search strategies
  • Finding books
  • Finding journal articles & peer review
  • Finding high quality Internet resources
  • Critical evaluation of resources
  • Citing sources & plagiarism
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Special Collections materials
  • Specialized resources
    such as GIS, data management, bibliographic management software (Zotero, Mendeley, etc.)


Information for specific instruction scenarios:

First-Year Interest Group (FIG) Instruction

Schools & Community Group Instruction