Building a bridge: A review of information literacy in nursing education

Laureen P. Cantwell, Bethany S. McGowan, Julie Planchon Wolf, Maribeth Slebodnik, Jamie L. Conklin, Sandy McCarthy, Rebecca Raszewski

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Background: Although information literacy (IL) has been valuable in nursing education, guiding documents from librarianship (e.g., Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education) remain relatively obscure among nursing faculty. This review analyzes the intersection of IL with nursing and offers analyses for a better understanding of integrating IL into nursing education settings. Method: Scholarly literature was searched, and Covidence was used to track themes regarding how (and where) IL literature (n = 179) connects to nursing educational settings. Results: Librarians are not involved consistently within nursing education. Research and discussion on IL in nursing are published in librarianship, education, and health sciences literature, and the terminology does not always align across these disciplines. Conclusion: Findings indicate an opportunity for librarians to share the Framework and its connections to the research literature with the nursing community. Researchers share suggestions for how common themes, language, and ideas can be shared between librarians and nursing faculty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-436
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education


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