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Information Literacy Program

Outlines the plan, delivery and assessment for Information Literacy (IL) at SFU.

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Instruction & Research Services Program Components

This portion of the IL Program addresses the needs of all community populations while highlighting those beyond the first year, including but not limited to, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, returning adults, distance learning students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Three components feed the instruction of community members for success in their research endeavors.

Research Help

Provided each week through a variety of avenues: in-person, by video conference, phone, email, chat, text.‚Äč

Held while classes are running, during semester breaks via email tickets notifying staff of a request for assistance.

Research Guides

Research Guides are an instructional tool created in collaboration with faculty members by the library liaison to assist in conducting research. Department and specific course/assignment guides provide guidance for research through the identification of the best resources in the field.


  • list the best resources in the field
  • explain library processes and procedures
  • instruct on a research concept or process

Information Literacy Instruction

First-year instruction is a structured program taught in conjunction with the freshmen course CORE 113.


Upper-level course instruction is typically requested by faculty.

The second and subsequent undergraduate and graduate years focus on instruction sessions or tools created to assist students with coursework/assignments.

They are...

  • created in collaboration with faculty
  • field of study, course or assignment specific
  • in the library or in the course classroom (depending on content covered)
  • during scheduled class time or offered as separate workshops outside of class time
  • Offered in a variety of formats: orientation/library tours, online sessions & tutorials, video sessions