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Information Literacy Instruction at KSL: Home

Guide provides offerings that Research Services Librarians in the Kelvin Smith Library can provide for instructors to support their instruction efforts.

Research Services Librarian (RSL)

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Brian Gray
Title: Team Leader Research Services; RSL for Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering AND Macromolecular Science & Engineering
Kelvin Smith Library 201-K
(216) 368-8685

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Information Literacy

Supporting the development of information literacy skills in CWRU's undergraduate and graduate students is a strategic goal of Research Services at the Kelvin Smith Library.

This guide outlines the expertise and resources available to facilitate that development.

Ideally, a RSL would love to provide guidance when you are preparing for the upcoming semester, but we can also recommend solutions for a semester in progress. We will adapt to the instructor style and student needs,

Contact your RSL for a conversation. Librarians will help you find the best RSL for partnership and consultation to prepare and incorporate library instruction (information literacy) into your plans.

This first page outlines a menu of options and the second page describes the Credo Information Literacy Modules.

First Steps

KSL's Research Services Librarians will collaborate with you to address the specific information literacy needs for courses, assignments, and/or students.


The first step is to schedule an appointment with your subject-specific Research Services Librarian (RSL) listed in the right column.


The second is to provide her/him with any information that will help her/him determine how to meet specific needs: 

  • syllabus
  • major topic/focus of course
  • course information literacy objective(s)
  • how you want to student to use the library
  • existing assignments and projects
  • past challenges experienced by students or observed by you


Ideally, these initial meetings occur during the course planning stage in order to scaffold learning and skill development throughout the semester. The timeline, however, is flexible and will vary based on needs. 

Expertise & Resources

Consultation & Collaboration

RSLs can consult and collaborate on 

  • integrating information literacy in courses 
  • developing research or information literacy assignments, lectures, assessments, projects, etc. 
  • integrating information literacy and library resources into existing assignments, assessments, projects, etc. 
  • using library resources to support assignments and student research
  • developing assignments or assessments to practice or reinforce information literacy skills
  • customizing information literacy instruction to meet course objectives and student needs

Scheduling: anytime (but preferably before the semester begins)


Research Guides

RSLs can prepare customized, online research guides that:

  • provide strong starting points for students on their research
  • teach, supplement, or complement learning and research
  • provide subject-specific research resources 
  • provide specific research resources for a course or an assignment 

Faculty can even co-author the guides, giving you the ability to revise as needed from one semester to another. 

See below for some examples of guides.

Scheduling: anytime (but preferably before the semester begins)

Information Literacy Instruction

RSLs can conduct a customized session either in your classroom or in KSL that

  • provides an overview of KSL and the resources available
  • develops information literacy skills or provides specialized training (patent searching, copyright, etc.)
  • teaches citation management (RefWorks)
  • focuses on specific resources related to the course, assignment, topic, etc. 
  • varies in teaching style (e.g. flipped classroom, active learning, lecture, etc.)
  • includes a pre- and/or post-assessment of information literacy  

The length of the session and number of sessions may vary depending on your preferences and needs . Students may schedule individual research consultations after the session. 

Scheduling: preferably at the beginning of the semester or at least two weeks in advance (*Note: KSL's classrooms and RSLs' schedules book quickly.)


Credo Information Literacy Modules

KSL has invested in the Credo Information Literacy Course Modules that

  • consist of 16 unique modules that include videos, interactive tutorials, and quizzes
  • may be used in their entirety or individually 
  • can be embedded in websites, used in Blackboard and Research Guides, or accessed by a web link 

More information is included in the second tab of this guide. 

Scheduling: TBD

Student Consultations

RSLs can consult with students individually or in groups about research strategies and recommended resources for a paper or project. Students can schedule appointments directly with the RSLs, or you can arrange for your RSL to come to your classroom to meet with her/him or them. You may also assign your students to interact with their RSL by email, online chat, text, in-person, or other method. 

Scheduling: minimum two-week notice recommended


KSL Tours

RSLs can give your students a tour of the library during class session or as a special event that

  • provides a general overview of KSL
  • focuses on resources specific to a course or a specific location in KSL (e. g. Special Collections or the Freedman Center)

They can also develop a self-guided tour for students to complete as an assignment (i.e. tasks designed to show completion)

Scheduling: Anytime. (A two-week notice is appreciated.)


Notices of KSL Events

Notices of KSL events are regularly 

  • posted in The Daily
  • shared through the SAGES office
  • posted on the KSL News Blog (email subscription available) 
  • shared by direct email 

RSLs regularly email faculty of upcoming events send to faculty and welcome you to forward them to your students as appropriate.