Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Michigan State University Libraries
Information Literacy
366 W. Circle Dr.
East Lansing , MI 48824
United States

About the Information Literacy Unit

Teaching Philosophy Statement

Our unit philosophy incorporates the following beliefs about learning and how those beliefs are implemented, including our role as facilitators of analytical thinking, integrative reasoning, effective communication, recursivity in research and guided inquiry.

Our beliefs about learning

  • Learning must always be student-centered and contextual, demonstrating relevance to identified student needs
  • Guided inquiry is integral to engaging students in the process of making and negotiating meaning
  • Coordination of learning outcomes, pedagogy, and assessment of student needs ensures the highest quality of information literacy teaching and learning Information literacy is an essential component of analytical thinking, integrated reasoning, and effective communication.

How our beliefs are implemented

  • We seek to facilitate inquiry by creating opportunities for meaningful engagement with information, drawing out questions about its nature, creation and functions
  • We seek to create learning environments based on the cycle of inquiry —response, seeking out new information, and creating new knowledge —fostering skills for iterative and recursive approaches to research
  • We seek to facilitate students’ discovery of information, stimulate inquiry, and provide support for integration and use of information toward the goal of effective communication
  • Leading out in support of institutional excellence, we work toward interdisciplinary efforts in highlighting information literacy’s role in undergraduate education

Unit Goals and Objectives

  • 2023/2024 IL Unit Goals (See attachment below)
  • Mission, Value & Teaching Philosophy Statements (See attachment below)

Goal Mapping

See how the Information Literacy Unit objectives map to campus and national learning objectives (pdf) for undergraduates and information literacy.

Instruction Data

Example instruction data

View interactive instruction data