The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) apply a programmatic approach to our instruction by using shared learning goals, scaffolding in our instructional design, and curriculum maps for planning and assessment. With limited resources to serve an expanding campus, moving away from one-shot instruction and focusing our efforts on collaboration with faculty and staff will allow us to be the most effective in our instructional work. Our library now follows a liaison model, and so we are revising and adapting our program to fit our re-organization.
We have determined that the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is appropriate for our use and have adapted it to meet our local campus needs. Its use will vary by discipline and program, but it will serve as a starting point for plotting out our Foundational Experiences program efforts and designing appropriate scaffolding in the disciplines.
Through greater oversight of the curriculum and by looking at the bigger picture, we can avoid having students face repeated exposure of the same material. Our programmatic approach will be targeted and scaffolded to speak to students at the level appropriate for their movement through the university. Librarians are still experts in information literacy, and as educators we are implementing instruction through a different method that will continue our collaborative relationships with faculty as we design, assess, and improve our instruction program. On that note, content in this guide may change as we continue to assess and improve.