Colgate University Libraries’ Information Literacy Curriculum

Specific Goals & Objectives

These activity and class-specific goals and objectives are derived from Colgate University Libraries overall Information Literacy Goals and Objectives.  The Libraries’ overall Information Literacy (IL) Goals and Objectives are themselves based upon the 2000 ACRL Information Literacy Standards.


The libraries Information Literacy Curriculum is coordinated by Lynne Kvinnesland, Information Literacy Librarian. 


First-Year Library Orientation

  • Awareness of key library information resources (the Beginning Research page for first-year students on the library website, RefWorks, and Interlibrary Loan).
  • Awareness of librarians’ ability to support student work.
  • Knowledge of the physical layout of the libraries.
  • Preparing students for FSEM-based information literacy instruction (finding books in the stacks).

First-Year Seminar (FSEM)

  • Use reference works such as subject-specific encyclopedias
  • Develop researchable questions
  • Move from research question to effective key word searches
  • Distinguish between scholarly and non-scholarly sources
  • Distinguish between reference, secondary, and primary sources
  • Become familiar with general purpose online academic databases such as ASP and JSTOR
  • Be aware of more specialized online academic databases (which one(s) depends on content of FSEM)
  • Be able to find books and other material through the catalog and physically in the library and through ConnectNY
  • Learn how to do interlibrary loan
  • Understand the basics of citations and references
  • Learn how to use Zotero

Core Communities & Identities

  • Reinforce basic concepts and skills objectives of the FSEMs, particularly those associated with the early stages of a research project as this is often where students have the most difficulty
  • Learn how to find and use primary and/or data resources to complete a “significant” research project
  • Gain critical visual, spatial, and/or other literacy skills depending on the nature of a class’s specific assignments