Skip to content

InfoLit and Writing Programs: A Match Made in the Classroom

Photo illustration of creativity and ideasAt the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy I had an opportunity to talk with several faculty members in writing and composition. Not surprisingly, many of these professionals have interests that align with those of librarians, not least in the area of information literacy. In fact, the Georgia conference regularly brings together educators from across the disciplinary spectrum who use this opportunity to develop shared understandings, to solidify common goals, and to listen and learn from each other.

I decided to explore the work going on at the intersection of writing studies and information literacy and I was not disappointed. So much impressive work is happening! Below are some key resources in this area.

Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing
Developed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project
Published in 2011 this Framework document caught my attention in part because of my familiarity with the ACRL Framework. Once I read the executive summary and full document, though, I got really excited. The focus on how teachers can foster certain habits of mind that the authors deem “essential for success in college writing” is an approach that resonates with librarians working to foster information literacy dispositions through training transfer.

Teaching Information Literacy and Writing Studies: Volume 1, First-Year Composition Courses and
Teaching Information Literacy and Writing Studies: Volume 2, Upper-Level and Graduate Courses
Purdue University Press
This set, edited by Grace Veach, explores the “disciplinary implications for information literacy and writing studies as they encounter one another in theory and practice.” Vol. 1 was published in 2018, vol. 2 is slated for early 2019.

Information Literacy and Writing Studies in Conversation: Reenvisioning Library-Writing Program Connections
Library Juice Press
This 2016 book by Andrea Baer is intended for librarians and writing instructors, with the goal of helping to “widen and deepen the conversations between librarians and compositionists” by exploring issues of collaboration for student success.

Intersection of Writing and Information Literacy in the First Year
This site from Tiffany Hebb contains slides and other materials from her presentation at the 2017 National Conference for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. Of special note is her fantastic bibliography.

Information Literacy in the Disciplines: Rhetoric & Composition Studies
This site points to IL standards and curricula from an array of relevant organizations, brought to you by the ACRL Instruction Section Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee.

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox: Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing
This crowdsourced clearinghouse is an ever-growing collection of ideas, documents, lesson plans, and more.