Library Instruction @ MSU

According to the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, “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.”*

The instruction program at MSU Library exists to teach information literacy to students, faculty, and staff and is designed to develop the ability to independently identify, select, analyze, and evaluate information for any purpose and use that information ethically.

* Association of College and Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from

Guiding Documents

ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education 

The Framework opens the way for librarians, faculty, and other institutional partners to redesign instruction sessions, assignments, courses, and even curricula; to connect information literacy with student success initiatives; to collaborate on pedagogical research and involve students themselves in that research; and to create wider conversations about student learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the assessment of learning on local campuses and beyond.

Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline

The characteristics are primarily intended to help those who are interested in developing, assessing, and improving information literacy programs involving all course delivery modalities.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidlines for Instruction

UDL is framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.

Standards for Distance Learning Library Services

All students, faculty members, administrators, staff members, or any other members of an institution of higher education are entitled to the library services and resources of that institution, including direct communication with the appropriate library personnel, regardless of where they are physically located in relation to the campus; where they attend class in relation to the institution’s main campus; or the modality by which they take courses. Academic libraries must, therefore, meet the information and research needs of all these constituents, wherever they may be. This principle of access entitlement, as applied to individuals at a distance, is the undergirding and uncompromising conviction of the Standards for Distance Learning Library Services

MSU Strategic Plan

As the state’s land-grant university, Montana State integrates education, creation of knowledge and art and service to communities.

MSU Library Strategic Plan