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Introduction

ByPatricia Durisin

Librarians have, for many years, been involved in teaching users how to find information and use library resources effectively. In this day and age, with the proliferation of information sources in multiple formats, that task is increasingly complex. Academic librarians in particular bear the responsibility of educating library users, as reference, instruction or information literacy librarians; and many are committed to revising their library instruction programs to meet components of the broad definition of information literacy, which is “a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”1 Instruction librarians aim to instill in students a sense of life-long learning by infusing information literacy into the academic curriculum.