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Statement on Information Literacy

As a campus partner in the educational mission of the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University Libraries promotes Information Literacy through instructional programs designed to foster a critical approach towards information sources, information systems, information use, and information creation.


Our mission is to help members of the campus community develop a conceptual understanding of complex information environments, as well as to develop information retrieval and analysis skills appropriate to specific scholarship and research needs. The UCB Libraries’ instruction programs are directly linked to the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.


According to these standards, Information Literacy is the ability 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
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

Teaching Librarians at the University Libraries interact with faculty and students in a myriad of ways, in support of Information Literacy education. Examples of these interactions include: 


  • Support of the Information Literacy objectives in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric first-year writing course.
  • Development and support of RIOT, the Research Instruction Online Tutorial for first-year writing students.
  • Tailored research and Information Literacy sessions for courses across campus.
  • Embedded librarian support to various disciplines, including Geography, Spanish, History and East Asian Studies.
  • Credit research information literacy courses taught in various departments, including: the College of Music, the Department of Art History, the Department of Theater and Dance.
  • Support of faculty developing Information Literacy modules or research assignments for their courses.

For more information about the University Libraries’ Information Literacy initiatives, please contact Caroline Sinkinson.