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Information Literacy

Provides information meant to facilitate integration of information literacy (Kean University's GE Skill 5) into the curriculum.

What is Information Literacy?

The Association of College and Research Libraries defines information literacy as “the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”


The librarians of Kean University’s Nancy Thompson Learning Commons collaborate with Kean faculty in providing support services meant to help students practice the information literacy skills necessary for conducting library research and gathering/using relevant information for course assignments, career development, and life-long learning.

Options for Library Instruction / Information Literacy Instruction

Library instruction support is provided in the following formats:


* LEARN: The LEARN module is available through both Blackboard and Canvas. Many students and faculty members using Blackboard will already see "LEARN (Library Essentials for Access and Research Navigation)" listed under "My Courses" in their own Blackboard account. If the LEARN module does not appear under "My Courses," then please complete the "self-enrollment" steps described in the LEARN Self-Enroll Video or LEARN Self-Enroll handout.


Kean University faculty members may also submit an online Library Instruction Request Form in order to receive additional information about how to connect students in their courses to the library instruction options mentioned above. 


If you have any questions about library instruction services, please contact either Linda Cifelli at 908-737-4603 or or Craig Anderson at 908-737-4602 or