Evaluating nursing faculty’s approach to information literacy instruction: A multi-institutional study

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

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Objective: In 2018, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Health Sciences Interest Group convened a working group to update the 2013 Information Literacy Competency Standards for Nursing to be a companion document to the 2016 Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. To create this companion document, the working group first needed to understand how nursing faculty approached information literacy (IL) instruction. Methods: The working group designed a survey that assessed how nursing faculty utilized IL principles in coursework and instruction. The survey consisted of nineteen mixed methods questions and was distributed to nursing faculty at eight institutions across the United States. Results: Most (79%) faculty indicated that they use a variety of methods to teach IL principles in their courses. While only 12% of faculty incorporated a version of the ACRL IL competencies in course design, they were much more likely to integrate nursing educational association standards. Faculty perceptions of the relevance of IL skills increased as the education level being taught increased. Conclusion: The integration of IL instruction into nursing education has mostly been achieved through using standards from nursing educational associations. Understanding these standards and understanding how faculty perceptions of the relevance of IL skills change with educational levels will guide the development of a companion document that librarians can use to collaborate with nurse educators to integrate IL instruction throughout nursing curriculums at course and program levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-388
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences


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