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Information Literacy Standards

Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates - "This document identifies the skills and knowledge chemistry undergraduates should develop in order to successfully navigate scientific and chemical literature, and will be well-prepared for graduate work or employment as a chemist."  Published by Special Libraries Association (SLA) Chemistry Division Ad Hoc Committee on Information Literacy in conjunction with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Information (CINF) Education Committee.  

Related Readings/Assignment & Assessment Ideas

Emde, J., & Emmett, A. (2007). Assessing information literacy skills using the ACRL standards as a guide. Reference Services Review, 35(2), 210-229. doi:10.1108/00907320710749146.  Available online.

The appendix in this study has good information scenarios that were used as an assessment tool.

Gawalt, E. S., & Adams, B. (2011). A Chemical Information Literacy Program for First-Year Students. Journal Of Chemical Education, 88(4), 402-407. doi:10.1021/ed100625n. Available online.  Click on Supporting Information to see assignments and assessments.

Abstract from Ebscohost: The article focuses on the concept of the chemical information literacy program for first-year college students in the U.S. It states that the program is a result of the collaboration between chemistry and biochemistry instructors and librarians in several universities in the country. It outlines the objectives, approach, and structure of the program, which utilizes an inquiry-oriented approach followed by active-learning assignments to allow students explore the library's chemical resources.

Grand Valley State University. Information literacy in your discipline. Retrieved from

Shows how an existing Chemistry syllabus may be modified to make the information gathering portion of a course more explicit to students. Click here to see the  revised syllabus (pdf)

Jensen Jr., D., Narske, R., & Ghinazzi, C. (2010). Beyond Chemical Literature: Developing Skills for Chemical Research Literacy. Journal Of Chemical Education, 87(7), 700-702. doi:10.1021/ed1002674.  Available online.  Click on Supporting Information for assignment ideas.

Abstract from Ebscohost:  The article focuses on the integration of chemical research literacy skills into the organic chemistry sequence.  The move is intended to use chemical literature, develop retrieval skills for chemical literature, and interpret chemical information.  Students are being introduced to chemical research literacy through a library resource instruction.  With this exposure, students become well versed in differentiating among and using chemical literature sources, developing retrieval skills, and evaluating such materials.

Locknar, A., Mitchell, R., Rankin, J., & Sadoway, D. R. (2012). Integration of Information Literacy Components into a Large First- Year Lecture-Based Chemistry Course. Journal Of Chemical Education, 89(4), 487-491. doi:10.1021/ed200252q.  Available online.  Click on Supporting Information for examples of assignments and assessments.  

Abstract from Ebscohost: The article focuses on methods of incorporating information literacy skills development into an undergraduate chemistry lecture class. A Discovering Scientific Information Program (DSIP) for encouraging student academic research proficiency was described, including the use of homework problems, online video tutorials, and model answers to the homework problems which were provided by librarians. Also discussed is the rating of DSIP by students in a solid-state chemistry course.

Schuetz, C. (2009). Not your parents' chemistry class. College & Research Libraries News, 70(9), 522-525. Available online.

The article describes a curriculum revision to integrate information literacy skills into the organic chemical laboratory curriculum at Baylor University.  The revision was the result of a collaboration between chemistry graduate assistants, the librarian, and an English faculty member.

Walczak, M. M., & Jackson, P. T. (2007). Incorporating Information Literacy Skills into Analytical Chemistry: An Evolutionary Step. Journal Of Chemical Education, 84(8), 1385-1390.  Available online.  Click on Supporting Information for example of assignment.    

Abstract from Ebscohost: The article presents an integrated approach of incorporating information literacy skills into analytical chemistry employed by the St. Olaf College Chemistry Department in Northfield, Minnesota. The chemistry faculty of the school created a list of information literacy skills that students should achieve before graduation and these literacy skills include finding and retrieving information, cataloging and analyzing information, information transfer and skills development. Data analysis and information technology assignments have been developed for the institution's analytical chemistry course.