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Library Instruction: Overview

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 Library Learning Commons collaborate with Kean faculty in providing digital and face-to-face 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

Kean University’s librarians provide library instruction in the following formats:


* LEARN: Please note that students enrolled in GE 202x: Research and Technology and GE 3000: Transfer Transitions are automatically enrolled in the LEARN Blackboard module by the second week of the semester. All other students and faculty may access the LEARN module through 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 connect students in their classes 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

Subject Guide

Ask a Librarian

Listed below are options available for you to contact a reference librarian and ask for help with your research.