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Learning may begin in the classroom for some students, but it does not always begin or end there. College students are afforded many opportunities to engage in meaningful experiences to enhance their academic life from clubs, work study, and community outreach to academic events. To confine the idea of learning to a stereotypical classroom not only restricts librarians to teaching information literacy (IL) in a lecture hall or computer lab, it also limits students’ imagination and application of IL concepts to the course assignment. Students should be able to extend key concepts from a course assignment to any aspect of their lives, including co-curricular opportunities (e.g., fake news, Facebook ads, newspaper articles, etc.). However, when IL is only introduced during class time or enters the minds of students when the professor prompts them for an assignment, students may only relate IL concepts to their college studies. Co-curricular learning can be a way to engage students with the knowledge abilities and to develop their dispositions presented in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

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Association of College and Research Libraries


Chicago, IL


University Libraries

Learning Beyond the Classroom: Engaging Students in Information Literacy through Co-Curricular Activities