Information literacy and writing tutor training at a liberal arts college

Kelly Cannon, Jennifer Jarson

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Academic librarians have long understood and argued for the importance of integrating information literacy into the curriculum. The literature shows strong evidence of librarians collaborating with faculty, peer tutors, and other on-campus constituencies in an effort to facilitate both the discussion and acquisition of information literacy skills and concepts. The literature points to a likely collaboration: that of libraries and writing centers, in light of their corresponding missions and endeavors. This paper details how two academic librarians partnered with teaching faculty who oversee the campus writing center to infuse information literacy skills and concepts into the training of writing tutors. The authors explore the history of the collaboration with faculty that led up to the information literacy workshops, provide a detailed explanation of workshop activities, focusing on disciplinary discourse and resource evaluation, and discuss how information literacy standards were embedded in the activities. We also consider challenges and opportunities afforded by the experience, as well as future steps to extend this collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-57
Number of pages13
JournalCommunications in Information Literacy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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