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Supporting the development of information and digital literacy skills

The Library provides resources, services and programs to enrich learning and teaching at the University of Sydney.

The Library supports the development of Information and Digital Literacy (IDL) skills through collaboration on assessments, classes and learning objects. We provide bespoke support in coursework programs where we contribute our IDL expertise to the design of the assessment.

We have a team of experts in learning design, content creation and object-based learning who work with Academic Liaison Librarians to provide high-quality learning experiences.

Our approach to information and digital literacy skills development

Academic Services staff design and deliver learning experiences based on the following service principles:

  • Use our resources responsibly and equitably
  • Build partnerships and leverage inter-professional expertise
  • Design learning experiences that enhance educational outcomes
  • Deliver learning experiences that are valuable
  • Share evidence-based approaches and encourage experimentation

These principles were developed to articulate a values-based approach to delivering our IDL services, based on workshops held with each of the librarian teams. Our service model outlines
the different tiers of learning experiences we provide to support skills development.

Information and digital literacy partnerships

Academic Liaison Librarians partner with academics to support the development of IDL skills. We will contribute our IDL expertise to the design of assessments in core (or equivalent) units of study. We may also develop workshops or learning objects.


Assessment co-design

  • IDL consultation
    What does this look like
    Provide suggestions on the structure and format of an assessment to emphasise the IDL aspects, for example:
    Suggest that quality of sources be part of the marking criteria
  • Assignment support material
    Contribution to assessment
    Create support material that is essential in enabling students to complete the IDL aspects of the assignment, for example:
    A Canvas page scaffolds how to complete the IDL aspects of the assignment
  • Co-design of assessment tasks or rubrics
    Contribution to assessment
    Identify and highlight IDL skills in your assignment, for example:
    Describe levels of IDL performance from novice to expert in your rubric

Case Studies of bespoke partnerships

This video provides some examples of partnerships in units of study between academics and Academic Liaison Librarians with examples of contribution to assessment.

Use existing online resources

We can assist you in identifying relevant workshops, learning objects or drop-in sessions to support the needs of your students.

Skills development

  • Curated resources to help students find the best information
  • Self paced learning resources to help students with their assignments
  • See upcoming Library workshops
  • Materials

  • Explore the Library's digital collections
  • Find rare or special materials to use in your unit of study
  • Arrange a session to view rare and special materials with your students