Library Instruction @ UNM

What is Information Literacy?

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely."

-- E. O. Wilson, from Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

"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 Association of College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education

Library Instruction @ UNM

This guide is for faculty/instructors, administrators, and others who want to know more about the Library Instruction Program within the University Libraries at UNM.

If you have any questions or comments about the Library Instruction Program at UNM, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Framework for Information Literacy

This is a set of frames librarians use to help make sure we're teaching students the "big ideas" they need to know.

How to request library instruction

Librarians are happy to teach instruction sessions for any and all classes who wish to visit the library. It's easy to schedule a session with a librarian! Just fill out this instruction request form, and you will receive a confirmation from the librarian in charge of your session.

The librarian is likely to request either the applicable assignment, or a syllabus, or other information regarding the class; we urge you to collaborate with the librarian so they can prepare as relevant a session as possible for your students.


A Brazilian poster encouraging readers to visit libraries:

“A biblioteca espera o mais importante Você, leitor!” poster, Sam L. Slick Collection of Latin American and Iberian Posters (PICT 000-674-5603), Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.