Information Literacy

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Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

- Association of College and Research Libraries, Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2015)


The Smith Libraries have formally supported information literacy since 2004 through a series of initiatives designed to integrate information literacy into the curriculum.

Smith's Programs

1st & 2nd Year, Departmental Majors, and Honors Projects

How can faculty request an information literacy (aka library instruction) session for their class?

Faculty can request that librarians conduct class sessions for their students focusing on research skills and information literacy. To request a session, use the request form.


How to Get Help

To Get Help With ... Contact ...
Assignment design or to schedule a class presentation... Use this form to request an information literacy (library instruction) session.
Writing Skills ... Jacobson Center or Julio Alves, (413) 585-3033
Technology Skills Information Technology Services, the User Support Desk,, (413) 585-4487, or the Teaching & Research staff in Educational Technology Services (ETS).