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Goal 1: Integrate information literacy, research skills and information resources into the curriculum to enhance critical thinking, academic success and lifelong learning

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KU Libraries' research and instruction program promotes excellence in teaching information resources and research strategies to students in all disciplines. Through this goal, we will expand the Libraries' role as collaborative educational partners, working with departmental faculty to integrate research skills and information literacy into the curriculum at all levels, from first-year to graduate student. We will work to improve students' academic success, enhance educational opportunity and therefore contribute to improved student retention.

We will build sustainable and scalable models of library instruction, as well as coordinated, educational programming to contribute to the university's learning goals and core curriculum. This comprehensive planning process will also address research help desk service and the provision of individualized instruction and educational consultation. We will help students develop the tools and strategies they need to become active participants in the learning process, think critically and creatively, communicate well and employ effective strategies to collect and interpret information.


  1. Students prepared as critical thinkers, consumers of information and lifelong learners through integration of information literacy, research and critical thinking skills into the curriculum.
  2. Increased partnerships and improved channels for instructional collaboration and integration of information literacy into courses, programs and academic departments.
  3. Reusable teaching modules and assignments accessed from a shared repository and embedded within existing systems, such as Blackboard and LibGuides.
  4. Incoming students with strengthened information literacy skills through expanded K-12 outreach programming.
  5. Expanded awareness and use of information resources in teaching and learning campus-wide.

Strategies and Actions

STRATEGY 1.A. Cultivate educational outreach opportunities and learning initiatives to better prepare and support incoming and returning students.

  • Implement a framework for high school outreach designed to support campus recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Create a program of curricular consultation and outreach to high school teachers and school librarians at KU's top feeder schools.
  • Collaborate with campus partners on a coordinated program of outreach and learning resources for transfer, first-generation and international students.

STRATEGY 1.B. Design and implement programming in support of campus-level, first-year experience efforts and other retention and persistence activities.

  • Create programming and curricular support to integrate library resources and information literacy concepts into the Common Book program.
  • Develop a coordinated information literacy and research skills program for first-year seminar courses
  • Collaborate with the Learning Community program to develop and support information literacy in the curriculum.

STRATEGY 1.C. Develop and implement a collaborative and programmatic approach to outreach and research education for graduate students.

  • Develop and expand outreach, instruction and consulting services designed to enhance graduate students' ability to discover, access and analyze needed scholarly resources.
  • Coordinate outreach and integration of information literacy concepts into GTA instructional and training programs to support their teaching role.
  • Partner to integrate research and information literacy skills into research methods courses and other graduate program curricula.

STRATEGY 1.D. Design and construct instructional modules and resources for use with in-person, hybrid, online and distance learning environments.

  • Develop "Best Practices" for the design of pedagogically sound, active and adaptive learning tools.
  • Partner with the Center for Online and Distance Learning and collaborate with individual department/schools to embed the Libraries in online and distance learning activities.
  • Collaborate with campus, state and regional partners to develop online, reusable teaching modules, digital learning objects, tutorials and assignments.
  • Integrate those digital learning objects strategically into KU courses.

STRATEGY 1.E. Cultivate and promote collaboration with teaching faculty, department administration and other campus partners to integrate information literacy concepts at the campus, degree and course levels.

  • Develop an instruction and outreach plan for integration of information literacy and critical thinking skills into the undergraduate curriculum, at all levels and potential entry points.
  • Design and deliver innovative programs that support the KU Core curriculum and other university-wide educational initiatives, especially those emphasizing learner outcomes and curriculum improvement.
  • Conduct professional development opportunities for KU classroom faculty on information literacy integration into programs, courses and assignments.
  • Partner with faculty and department chairs to create targeted programs for incorporating information literacy competencies progressively across the curriculum.
  • Experiment with new modes of delivering and utilizing credit-bearing courses for research skills acquisition.
  • Develop and promote learning objects and modules for inclusion into the curriculum.

Key metrics by which we will gauge progress:

  1. Number of students demonstrating improved information literacy competencies, as defined by selected assessment tools (Outcome 1)
  2. Number of collaboratively developed courses designed, launched or completed (Outcome 2)
  3. Evidence of inclusion of information literacy in college/department strategic plans and other documentation, such as websites, syllabi, etc. (Outcome 2)
  4. Number of instruction consultations conducted (Outcome 2)
  5. Number of courses and programs using tools created or provided by the Libraries for instructional goals (Outcome 2, 3 & 5)
  6. Number and/or type of programs partnering with Libraries to implement instructional objectives (Outcome 2 & 5)
  7. Number of tutorials and learning modules developed (Outcome 3)
  8. Comparative analysis of library outreach efforts/number of students reached with KU admissions and retention data (Outcome 4)

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Christy McWard
Director of Communications & Advancement

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