Library Information Literacy Instruction

“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.”

Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, Association of College and Research Libraries

Library instruction at Millsaps College utilizes the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education created by the Association of College and Research Libraries.  Compatible with the learning rubrics found in the Compass Curriculum our modified version of the Framework is specifically geared toward Millsaps students’ unique learning and research needs. In addition to the Framework, the library teaches basic research skills such as database searching and keyword formation.

Library instruction sessions can be held in the Library Computer Lab, Millsaps Room, or in your classroom. They can be as short as 30 minutes or can take up an entire class period. Sessions are interactive and include an instruction portion and a portion dedicated to students practicing research skills and resource evaluation.

Some of the subjects that can be covered:

  • Basic and advanced searching in Big Search
  • Understanding who is an authority on a topic and why
  • How to use library databases, like JSTOR and Project MUSE
  • Search strategies
  • Formulating an appropriate research topic
  • Finding books in the library
  • Peer Review

Classes are available by request, and student learning is at its best when library instruction is scheduled in connection to a relevant assignment.

To sign up for library instruction, please send your requests to