OERs for Information Literacy instruction brought to you by University of Ottawa Information Studies students.

Welcome to ÉSIS InfoLit, the platform for innovative and interactive open educational resources (OER) for teaching information literacy based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. All resources were created by University of Ottawa students as part of the ÉSIS course on Information Literacy (ISI6372) taught by Professor Stefanie Haustein in Winter 2020.​

The resources are for undergrads and graduate students, librarians and faculty from all fields to learn about information literacy, or for anyone who wants to improve their information searching, creation and academic writing skills. All OERs are available for download from our Zenodo Community page

Since all our resources have a CC-BY Creative Commons license, anyone can use, adapt and share all of our OERs for free, as long as they give us credit.



Our interactive open educational resources help you improve your information literacy skills and learn about the ACRL framework in a fun and engaging way. The OERs are available for download from our Zenodo Community page. The OERs were created by ÉSIS #ISI6372 students and include a flipbook, a video game, a podcast, a board game and an escape room. We suggest that you engage with the OERs before you read more about their creation in our blog.

Flip book
Video Game
Board game
Escape room


What is information literacy anyway?

In their Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy as a "set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning" (ACRL, 2015, p.8).

The Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning published in 2005 even goes as far as declaring IL "a basic human right", as it "empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals" (IFLA, 2005, para. 2).

For more information on the historical development of IL and related concepts, have a look at the Wikipedia article which we tried to improve in class.



What is the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education?

Information literacy (IL) has lots to do with finding, accessing, using, evaluating, creating and valuing information. These different aspects of IL are captured by the six frames of the ACRL Framework:

  • Searching as strategic exploration
    This frame is all about searching and finding the right information. Lina, Leigh-Ann and Andrea Lo. created a podcast to help you learn about this frame. You can read more about why they chose this format and how to record a podcast in our blog.

  • Research as inquiry
    This frame focuses on the research process and qualitative and quantitative research methods. Unfortunately we did not create an OER about this frame.

  • Scholarship as conversation
    This frame discusses scholarly communication as a conversation between researchers and emphasizes the need to credit authors for their ideas. Heather, Francine and Rachel created an escape room to help you learn about this frame. You can find out more about the "making of" of the escape room in their blog post.

  • Information creation as process
    This frame highlights the iterative process of creating information products. Katie, Élisabeth and David created a video game to help you learn about this frame. Find out more about why they decided to create a video game in the two blog posts by Élisabeth and David and learn more about Twine in Katie's post.

  • Authority is constructed and contextual
    This frame demonstrates that authority and expertise are a type of influence within a particular community. Caralie, Véronique and Andre Le. created a flipbook to help you learn about this frame. If you want to learn more about how and why they picked this format, take a look at their blog post.

  • Information has value
    This frame includes different dimensions of value of information products and addresses copyright, creative commons licenses and open access. Katherine and Hafsah created a whole board game to help you learn about this frame. Read their blog post to see them play and find out why they chose this format.

We encourage you to download and engage with the OERs before you find more about how and why we created them in our blog below.



This website was created as part of the ISI6372 Information Literacy course at ÉSIS taught by Professor Stefanie Haustein in Winter 2020. You can contact her at [firstname].[lastname]@uottawa.ca or via Twitter.

If you like what you are seeing on this website or you have some suggestions for improvement, why don't you leave a comment on our blog or get in touch on Twitter by using our course code hashtag #ISI6372.

If you want to enrol in the bilingual Master of Information Studies program at University of Ottawa, apply here.

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