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:
For more information about the ACRL Framework, see http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework.
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.