Our Teaching and Learning Philosophy

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The University of Washington Tacoma Library Instruction Program instills in students critical thinking, and research strategies in order to increase academic success and prepare students to become information-fluent citizens.



Our vision is to create an information literacy program that, through teaching critical thinking and research strategies, supports academic success and strengthens the career skills of students. By reaching across campus, we build relationships that allow us to strategically integrate information literacy in a consistent manner across the curriculum.



Goal 1: Information Literacy Instruction is Systematically Integrated across the Curriculum


  • The information literacy instruction program is systematically integrated across the curriculum and sequenced according to the program and course level.
  • Information literacy instruction is tied to course or assignment content and goals.
  • Subject specific information literacy skills are appropriately introduced alongside transferable skills

Goal 2: Collaborate Across Campus


  • Librarians actively engage with faculty as partners in programmatically integrating interdisciplinary research skills and resources into the curriculum.
  • Using sound pedagogy for library instruction, librarians develop learning materials in support of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
  • Librarians collaborate with faculty and other instructional partners on assignment design.

Goal 3: Advance Communication and Outreach


  • Librarians actively contribute to campus initiatives and conversations about teaching and learning.
  • Librarians regularly communicate the role of the university library and librarians in supporting the research needs and ongoing intellectual growth of faculty, staff, students and community members.
  • Librarians develop and strengthen relationships with allies of information literacy instruction.
  • Librarians communicate and make available best practices of information literacy instruction to faculty.
  • Librarians positively communicate the challenges and opportunities of the information literacy program with faculty and administration.

Goal 4: Develop Assessment Measures


  • Establish clear goals, objectives, and student learning outcomes for the information literacy program.
  • Prioritize assessment projects that (1) provide descriptive information regarding the information literacy program or (2) analyze the Library’s contribution to student success.
  • Include relevant stakeholders in our assessment processes.