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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.

Information Literacy Support

Information literacy support is provided through the following library instruction options:

  • Class workshops -- Kean University faculty may 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 here.
  • LEARN* (Library Essentials for Access and Research Navigation) module (asynchronous, via Canvas)
  • Online Workshops (synchronous)
  • Recorded online sessions (asynchronous; see links provided on the Library / Information Literacy Videos page)
  • Research Support Appointments -- Kean students and faculty members may book a personal research consultation with a Kean librarian


* LEARN: The LEARN module is available through 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.



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