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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

Information Literacy Across the Curriculum (ILAC)


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


  1. Students will strategically find information appropriate to their learning tasks. [WLOs 2]
  2. Students will perceptively evaluate and choose information appropriate to their learning tasks. [WLOs 2 & 4]
  3. 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:

  • Inquiry Studies 101, Inquiry Studies 201, English 112, Oral Communication 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.


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.”

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ACRL Framework for Information Literacy