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Information Literacy Program at Decker Library

A toolkit for MICA's Information Literacy Program


This course is designed to be taught synchronously and in person. Register your class here:


Lesson Plan

If teaching in person:

1. Go through the slide-deck lesson plan and hand out the worksheet.

  • These slides will walk students through: Artsy, Google Arts and Culture, and our Library Catalog.
  • In advance, pull the following books to show as examples from our Special Collections:
  • Codex Zouche-Nuttall
  • Codex Espangliensis

3. Have the students hand in their worksheets once they've returned with a book.

This lesson should take about 1.5 hours to complete and can be followed up with additional instruction.


Assessment Process

  • Collect the printed worksheets at the end of class
  • Enter your initials or a check mark in the appropriate category of the rubric (e.g. "Developing")
  • Return the completed assessment to the mailbox of the Information Literacy and Instructional Design Librarian

Program Learning Outcomes Associated with this Lesson Plan

  • Search and Organize PLO 1: Students will be able to search for appropriate information and organize their research as needed.
  • Search and Organize PLO 2: Students will be able to identify core concepts, keywords, and subject headings for discovery of relevant information.
  • Evaluate and Analyze PLO 3: Students will be able to develop an effective search strategy, modify their topic and search terms when necessary, and ask for help when needed.
  • Synthesize and Create PLO 5: Students will be able to explore ideas, test topics, and refine a research question in context.

Relevant Frame from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework

  • Information Creation as a Process: Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.
  • Research as Inquiry: Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration: Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.
  • Scholarship as Conversation: Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

AY 2021-2022 Assessment Report

156 individual worksheets scored and assessed. Any missing worksheets are likely because they weren't turned in by the faculty member or the students. They were scored on a scale of 1-3 (3 = accomplished, 2 = developing, 1 = insufficient).

AVERAGE Scores: Activity 1: 2.50 Activity 2: 2.21 Activity 3: 2.21

KEY Accomplished (3) Developing (2) Insufficient (1)
Activity 1: Visual Research Students complete the worksheet, listing at least 6 different traditions explored in both Artsy and Google Arts and Culture. Student spartially complete the worksheet, listing at least 3 different traditions in either Artsy or Google and have one final tradition selected. Students do not list at least 2 different traditions explored or do not have a final tradition selected.
Activity 2: Synthesis Students are able to describe their tradition in a succinct, well-researched sentence. Students describe their tradition but are missing key contextual details. Students do not describe their tradition.
Activity 3: Information Navigation Students use keywords from primary research to navigate to a relevant source in our Library Catalog. Students are able to navigate to a source in our Library Catalog, but either do not successfully deploy keyword searching or, or do not find a relevant source. Students do not find a source in our Library Catalog.

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