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The Reference and Instruction Department at Oregon State University (OSU) was charged with creating a vision and goals for its instruction program. This article describes how we used the recently published ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as a framework for an initial self-study of our instructional practice and for promoting the concept of information literacy at our institution. The process of assessing our current practice led to discussions with library and campus faculty about the value of information literacy and to a clearer articulation of our instructional mission.


Academic libraries; ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards; Assessment; Evaluation; Information literacy – Study and teaching; Library instruction programs; Library orientation for college students; Library research; Self-study


Information Literacy | Library and Information Science


Published simultaneously as a chapter in Information Literacy Programs: Successes and Challenges, Patricia Durisin, Ed. New York: Haworth Information Press, 2002.

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Davidson, J.R, McMillen, P.S., & Maughan, L.S. (2002). Using the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to assess a university library instruction program. Journal of Library Administration, 36(1/2), 97-121. doi: 10.1300/J111v36n01_07

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