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Faculty Resources

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

The ILAC Plan

ILAC Goal and Outcomes


Students will make effective use of library and other information resources in order to participate as knowledgeable, responsible members within their disciplines and society.


  • Students will strategically find information appropriate to their learning tasks. [WLOs 2]
  • Students will perceptively evaluate and choose information appropriate to their learning tasks. [WLOs 2 & 4]
  • Students will effectively and ethically use information appropriate to their learning tasks. [WLOs 2 & 4]


Introductory information literacy is found in those courses in which the basics of information-seeking must be introduced in order to accomplish beginner-level research projects.

Introductory information literacy outcomes are officially addressed as part of Wartburg’s curriculum in the following Essential Education Courses:

  • IS 101, IS 201, EN 112, Com 112, and the Scientific Reasoning courses. To learn more about the specifics of Essential Education Information Literacy requirements, see the full Plan of Essential Education.

Developing information literacy is found in courses that 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. Developing level courses could be anywhere from 100 to 400-level courses; the identification is left to the discretion of librarians and professors.


Proficiency in information literacy skills and concepts is discipline-specific, just as developing skills are. Application of and complexity in evaluation play a major role at this level. New material focuses on introduction to lifetime information literacy. Proficient information literacy students address the application of the ethical use of information at a real-world level. Courses at the proficient level are most often those labeled “Capstone” or “Senior Seminar.”

The ILAC Plan complements and interprets the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

ACRL Framework as pleasant bookmark images

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