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Faculty Resources: ILAC PLAN
Description of Steps, Departmental Plans, etc

Explanation of the ILAC Plan (Information Literacy Across the Curriculum) plus common research-related resources for faculty

ILAC in the Plan of Essential Education

Information literacy skills are introduced, practiced, and reinforced within the Plan of Essential Education in EN 112, IS 101, RE 101, IS 201, and Scientific Reasoning courses (select General Education courses). These courses have their own specific information literacy goals and outcomes. In addition, students will continue to develop discipline-specific information literacy skills with increasing sophistication throughout the major as part of projects and assignments embedded in required courses (integrated throughout the majors by the departments working with librarians).

Goal (in the majors)

Students will find, use, and evaluate information appropriate for their learning tasks.


  • Students will identify problems requiring information solutions.
  • Students will demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the search and evaluation process.
  • Students will develop and perform search strategies for gathering information and appropriate materials.
  • Students will understand and apply criteria for evaluating information.
  • Students will effectively integrate and synthesize appropriate information in their work.
  • Students will present and document information in ways appropriate to their purposes.

Wartburg College’s ILAC (Information Literacy Across the Curriculm) Plan is articulated through the library by identifying three levels of research literacy interaction that represent crucial time periods in student information literacy skill development and applying the student learning outcomes to these identified times. This method is a conceptual framework meant to help librarians and professors plot out the purpose of courses within a major.


The assessment data for both Essential Education courses outcomes and departmental outcomes is gathered by the General Education Committee. The information is then analyzed by both the GEC and the ILAC Coordinator.

The assessment process is evolving towards its final form and may rely on any future GEC larger revisions.

Departmental ILAC Plans

As part of the original Wartburg Plan of Essential Education, each department wrote and submitted an ILAC plan to the office of the Dean of Faculty.  Librarians play an integral role with their liaison departments as revisions and updates occur.

Because some of these plans are now out-dated, we do not link to them here. If you would like see the plan for a department, please contact the ILAC Coordinator.

ILAC articulated as "Steps"

The library articulates the ILAC outcomes through the following three levels of research interaction:


Novice Steps in information literacy include those courses in which the basics of information-seeking must be introduced in order to accomplish beginner-level research projects. Novice Steps may largely consist of 100-level courses, but, depending on the discipline, could include higher-level courses.

Novice Steps are officially addressed as part of Wartburg’s curriculum in the following Essential Education Courses:

  • Inquiry Studies 101, Inquiry Studies 201, English 112, Religion 101, and the Scientific Reasoning courses. To learn more about the specifics of Essential Education Information Literacy requirements, please click here or see the full Plan of Essential Education attached above.


Intermediate Steps courses can be identified by their introduction to and requirement of major investment in discipline-specific resources. Complexity in search strategy, complexity in evaluation, and application of tools of evaluation are explored. Intermediate Steps courses could be anywhere from 100 to 400-level courses; the identification is left to the discretion of librarians and professors.


In Advanced Steps-level information literacy, mastery of the discipline-specific resources is expected as an outcome of the course. Again, as in Intermediate Steps, application of and complexity in evaluation play a major role. New material focuses on introduction to lifetime information literacy. Advanced Steps also work well in addressing the application of the ethical use of information at a real-world level. Advanced Steps courses are most often those labeled “Capstone” or “Senior Seminar.”

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy