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Information Literacy Toolkit: Home

A set of tools to designed to introduce information literacy concepts at Manchester Community College.

What is Information Literacy?

Students studying in the MCC LibraryThe United States National Forum on Information Literacy defines information literacy as "...the ability to know when there is a need for information, to identify, locate, evaluate, and use effectively that information for the issue or problem at hand. Simply put, information literacy is the key competency needed to enhance K-16 academic performance, engage patient personal responsibility, improve workplace performance and productivity, and compete effectively in a dynamically evolving world marketplace."

An information literate college student understands how to frame a research question, select from a wide range of information sources and use that information in an ethical manner. All of the resources presented in this toolkit are designed to help you, as a faculty member or counselor, teach critical, lifelong information literacy skills in a fun and engaging way!

Information Literacy Standards Link
Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015)

We're Here to Help You

Image of calendarSchedule a Library Instruction Session

Library instruction classes are given at the request of a faculty member and the class is taught by one of the reference librarians. The length and content of the library research lectures are tailored to the needs of each class. Please complete the Library Instruction Registration Request Form to schedule.

Blackboard Learn LogoEmbed a Librarian in Your Blackboard Course

Help your students develop critical, life-long information and digital literacy skills by embedding a librarian in your Blackboard Course. The librarian assigned to your course is available to students throughout the semester to help whenever there's an information need, suggest additional sources of information beyond the class texts, and provide assistance refining research topics and citing sources. To add a librarian to your Blackboard Course, contact Paula Pini (


How to Get the Most Out of a Library Instruction Session


  • Request your session at least two weeks in advance (the earlier the better as the schedule fills up quickly)
  • Timing is important.  Our experience has shown that scheduling the library instruction class a few weeks prior to the due date of the research paper is the most effective timing in order for the students to retain and use the information.  
  • Plan to attend the session. Students take note when their instructor is present at a library instruction session (and when one is not).
  • Share your class research assignment with the librarian at least one week prior to the session.
  • Convey to the librarian where your students will be in the research process at the time of the library instruction, for example: 
    • Research assignment has not been introduced
    • Research assignment has been introduced, students are considering different topics to research, have begun searching on their own
    • Students have chosen topics and are receptive to learning about new resources