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Brown, C., & Krumholz, L. R. (2002). Integrating information literacy into the science curriculum. College & Research Libraries, 63(2), 111-123.


Saunders, L. (2011). Information Literacy as a Student Learning Outcome: The Perspective of Institutional Accreditation: The Perspective of Institutional Accreditation. Libraries Unlimited.

Curriculum Mapping

How to develop a curriculum map?

The first step to develop a curriculum map for information literacy is to align the learning outcomes of our teaching within a particular frame. It was found that it is easier to start with established/ commonly used standards in order to achieve consistency among librarians and to build a holistic approach on measuring library impact among librarians. A curriculum map for information literacy in a particular year or program can evolve through the use of frameworks such as ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

It is needed to have a baseline to map learning outcomes in a particular course/ program in order to have consistency within different courses. ACRL standards provide an excellent framework that is well known among all academic librarians.

The first step is to map the learning outcomes you have developed for your library instruction to ACRL IL standards as shown in this example:

ACRL Standard

IL Concepts

Proficiency/ Level

Performance Indicators

Learning Outcomes

Determine the extend and nature of information needed



ACRL 1.2

The student can distinguish between primary and secondary sources in order to select the relevant sources for the inquiry at hand.


When learning outcomes are mapped into their corresponding ACRL standards; a map for learning outcomes of the library intruction can be developed as shown in the following example:









Learning Outcomes

Standard 1:
Determine the nature and extent of the information needed

Standard 2: Access the needed information effectively and efficiently

Standard 3: Evaluate information and its sources.

Standard 4: Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base

Standard 5:
Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose

Standard 6:
Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally



Please proceed to the following page to know more about how to map information literacy within a program