E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Spring 2001

Document Type



Journal of Southern Academic and Special Librarianship (Spring 2001) 2(3). ISSN: 1525-321X. Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v02n03/faust_j01.htm.


Copyright 2001, the author. Used by permission.


The development of information literacy is central to the academic success of undergraduates, yet few universities require formal, credit-bearing courses taught by librarians to ensure that students develop these lifelong learning skills and abilities. Where such courses do exist, they are often isolated in the curriculum and rarely linked to the General Education experience. This article describes a General Education program begun in 1998-1999 at California State University, Hayward (CSUH), in which a cohort of students and faculty spend the year exploring a common theme in a series of linked courses, which include an information literacy class. Librarians teach a credit-bearing information literacy course to most incoming first-year students as part of this campus learning community. This article will share experiences related to curricular planning and development, course implementation, and assessment and evaluation of the course, in order to offer librarians suggestions and strategies for mounting a similar experience on their campuses.