Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. American Library Association, 2015.

The F.W. Olin Library provides information literacy instruction to support student success and lifelong learning.

To request information literacy instruction for your class, please fill out this form.

Grounded in the Mills Core Curriculum, and the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, our information literacy program teaches students to access, critically evaluate, and ethically use information through hands-on workshops in the library seminar room, #203. Librarians are also available to come to your classroom.

Workshops are customizable and tailored to your syllabus. We welcome faculty collaboration.


The Special Collections and Archive also provides tailored information literacy instruction to classes interested in exploring the unique material of the Heller Rare Book room. Contact for more information.

Tips for successful library instruction:

  • Contact us at least a week in advance. Earlier is better.
  • Schedule so that workshop happens after students have been introduced to their research assignment and have had time to consider topics.
  • Work with us to establish learning goals.
  • Attend and participate in the workshop
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