For immediate release | December 2, 2010

New ACRL publication: Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses.” Edited by Christopher Hollister, the work is a collection of previously unpublished papers in which contributing authors describe and recommend best practices for creating, developing and teaching credit-bearing information literacy (IL) courses at the college and university level.

Contributors include academic librarians from universities, four-year colleges and community colleges, who demonstrate successful IL course endeavors at their respective institutions. “Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses” includes several case studies of both classroom and online IL courses. Some are elective and some required, some are discipline-specific and others are integrated into academic programs or departments. Contributors discuss useful and effective methods for developing, teaching, assessing and marketing courses. Also included are chapters on theoretical approaches to credit-bearing IL courses and their history in higher education. Organized around three themes—create, develop and teach—this book provides practitioners and administrators with a start-to-finish guide to best practices for credit-bearing IL courses.

“Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses” is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


David Free