Teaching information literacy using the short story

David J. Brier (Systems Librarian, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
Vickery Kaye Lebbin (Social Sciences Librarian, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 1 December 2004


Stories are powerful teaching tools because of their potential to stimulate the imagination of students and engage them with the material. The short story gives meaning to abstract concepts, aids memory, makes learning fun, and is time efficient. This article explains the approach to teaching information literacy through the use of short stories, including how to create vivid connections to the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Provides course instructors with examples of how the short story can be used as a platform to discuss information literacy standards.



Brier, D. and Kaye Lebbin, V. (2004), "Teaching information literacy using the short story", Reference Services Review, Vol. 32 No. 4, pp. 383-387. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320410569734

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