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Using the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to Assess a University Library Instruction Program: Jeanne R. Davidson, Paula S. McMillen, Laurel S. Maughan

Information literacy competency is a more common element of general education requirements in higher education.1 Consequently, an effective library instruction program will incorporate the concept. The Reference and Instruction Department at Oregon State University’s (OSU) Valley Library was charged with preparing a vision statement for our instruction program with specific goals. In articulating our vision, we realized we must understand how information literacy competencies were being addressed. In this article, we describe the initial self-study of our instruction practice using the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education2 (ILC’s) as a benchmark. We discuss the results of our assessment, detail the follow-up to that effort, and describe the challenges and successes we experienced both within and outside the library.