"The sheer abundance of information will not in itself
 create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster
of abilities necessary to use information effectively."

~Association of College & Research Libraries~

Information literacy skills are not just a way of doing research, but a way of thinking and being in a complex global society.  The primary passion of the Instruction Librarians is to provide the same quality education as provided in UW-Stout classrooms through information literacy instruction.  We are trained and ready to provide consultation, collaborate on curriculum development or design learning experiences to develop the information literacy skills of UW-Stout students, faculty and staff. 

The University Library Instruction Program is a primary advocate and agent for the development of information literacy skills for all members of the UW-Stout community. 


The mission of the UW-Stout Library Instruction Program is to partner with UW-Stout students, faculty, staff and administration to develop information literacy skills, thereby supporting UW-Stout’s comprehensive polytechnic mission by promoting ethical scholarship, evidence-based professional practice, and self-directed learning over a lifetime.

Learning Goals

The UW-Stout Library Instruction Program provides learning experiences to facilitate the development of information literacy skills, including the abilities to:

  • Understand the relationships between information, society, personal experience and professional practice.
  • Reflect and identify a need for information.
  • Define and communicate the nature and scope of the information need.   
  • Build an effective and efficient information finding strategy. 
  • Evaluate the quality and relevance of the information found. 
  • Synthesize new information with prior knowledge to satisfy the information need through summary, application and further investigation. 
  • Apply information skillfully, ethically and legally.

Information Literacy

Information literacy skills are not just a way of doing research, but a way of thinking and being in a complex global society.           

The information literate individual has the ability to:

  • Identify an information need.
  • Find information applicable to that need.
  • Evaluate the information found in terms of quality and applicability.
  • Synthesize information with prior knowledge to answer questions or construct new questions to investigate. 
  • Use information, ethically and legally, to accomplish a specific purpose.
The guiding framework for information literacy is based on standards and determines our instructional methods and materials:
Last Revised: 06/06/2011    Last Updated: 04/07/2016
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