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Library Instruction Program

Provides more information for Wichita State University teaching faculty and instructors about critical thinking, information and digital literacies, and library instruction.

Coordinator of Library Instructional Services

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Maria Sclafani
Available via Teams for virtual consultations

Curriculum Mapping at WSU

Curriculum maps are grids for subject-specific research and information literacy skills. They include a sequence of competencies that are meant to be developed at different levels of a student's academic career. One of the major benefits of a curriculum map is that it introduces students to new concepts and skills over time, beginning at the freshmen level and progressing through their senior year. Library instruction in upper level courses builds on previous instruction, ensuring that students are developing transferable skills that can be used beyond graduation.

While a concept may be introduced at the Beginning or Intermediate level, it may also be reinforced in higher level courses. Likewise, some higher level concepts may be introduced earlier, depending on the research requirements of specific disciplines. Information about subject-specific curriculum maps, developed at the department or program level, can be found in the box below.

Examples of Competencies Addressed at Different Levels

This table is by no means comprehensive with respect to teaching information literacy and library research.  These competencies are informed by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, the core concepts of which are the following:

  • Authority is constructed and contextual
  • Information creation as a process
  • Information has value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as conversation
  • Searching as strategic exploration.

For more information about the ACRL Framework, see





Navigation of library resources and services

Becoming familiar with the University Libraries’ facilities and website as a way to learn about and use library resources and services



Using library tools to find information on subjects/topics in library resources like books/ebooks, databases, and journals/ejournals

Using Interlibrary loan (ILL) to obtain items the library does not have.

Understanding the research process

Identifying an information need and developing a research question

Reviewing search results and synthesizing those most relevant to the research question

Sharing the results of your research via posters, presentations, publications, etc.

Identification of types of sources

Being able to distinguish among different types of sources like books, journals, and articles as well as websites, primary and secondary sources, patents, etc.

Being aware that different types of sources are useful for different types of research needs and recognizing how their importance and use can vary by discipline


Applying different types of sources to various research needs appropriately.

Construction of search strategies


Constructing search strategies by identifying concepts and keywords, then connecting them with Boolean operators, and refining strategies based on search results

Employing advanced search techniques like using subject headings (controlled vocabulary) and field codes

Performing cited reference searching to further research

Evaluation of Sources

Being aware of different types of authority such as subject expertise and societal position


Using critical thinking to determine the quality of sources based on criteria such as currency, authority, accuracy, relevance, and purpose


Developing and applying appropriate evaluation criteria to sources for your research

Avoidance of Plagiarism



Identifying and avoiding different types of plagiarism

Citing sources in accordance with  style guides

Using citation management techniques to organize research and generate citations and bibliographies

Subject-Specific Information Literacy Curriculum Maps

Information literacy curriculum maps are flexible, and can be customized to the needs of a particular department or major. The map will focus on the courses required for degree programs, mapping information literacy skills to the outcomes of the course and skills students need to be successful consumers and creators of information. While all students need to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, some skills (such as researching clinical trials or finding financial statements) are particular to their future profession.

Below you will find curriculum maps the University Libraries created in collaboration with WSU departments. Librarians are available to collaborate with faculty members to create customized curriculum maps. To discuss the creation of an information literacy curriculum map for your area, please contact your liaison librarian.

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