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Information Literacy Program at Decker Library

A toolkit for MICA's Information Literacy Program


About This Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is for AH 100's break-out sessions and is designed to be co-taught with the faculty member. The first half of the 90-minute session will be group work, and the second half will be individual work to help them in their research.

Faculty member and library instructor work together to determine a topic related to their current coursework that will be assigned to each group for the first 45-minutes. Topics could include themes/theories (e.g. "Feminism"), objects (e.g. Euphronios Krater), or people/groups (e.g. Adrian Piper, Bauhaus).

(Faculty members may opt to add an additional 90-minutes to their instruction session if there are additional topics they would like to explore with their class, but this is the minimum requirement for all Art Matters sections.)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, students will be able to:

  • Analyze resources and critically evaluate authorial bias
  • Synthesize and contextualize information

Instruction Session

Before Class:

  • Arrange space in 5 pods with four chairs each (if you have 20 students, otherwise adjust). 
  • Print out only one group worksheet for each table (~5) to encourage the students to work as a group.
  • Print out one individual worksheet for each student (~20)

1. Evaluating Authority Activity (45 minutes): Students are assigned a topic pre-determined with the faculty member (see above). They are then provided a handout which asks them to evaluate a source they find using one of the following resources:



Library Catalog

Library Database (Art and Architecture Source)


2. Think + Share (10 minutes): In their groups, students reflect on what they've learned and what they are still confused by.


3. Individual Work (35 minutes): Students are provided with a shorter handout to complete on their own, while faculty member and library instructor provide one-on-one help.



Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art | Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 | Mailing: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

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