For Faculty

To successfully implement the IL programme on campus, the Library needs to work closely with you.

Declarations on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning

The Prague Declaration - "Towards an Information Literate Society"

Information Literacy

  • comprises the competencies to recognise information needs and to locate, evaluate, apply and create information within cultural and social contexts;
  • is crucial to the competitive advantage of individuals, enterprises (especially small and medium enterprises), regions and nations;
  • provides the key to effective access, use and creation of content to support economic development, education, health and human services, and all other aspects of contemporary societies, and thereby provides the vital foundation for fulfilling the goals of the Millennium Declaration and the World Summit on the Information Society; and
  • extends beyond current technologies to encompass learning, critical thinking and interpretative skills across.

Excerpt from The Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning

Standards and guidelines

ACRL - Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

Orientations and Workshops for New Students

Part I      Library Orientation for New Students (1 hour)
Part II     Information Literacy and Information Management Skills (2 hours)

Modes of Delivery:

All teaching staff and course coordinators are encouraged to contact Faculty Librarian for details and arrangements.

Customized Instruction

Course-related instruction, conducted by Faculty Librarians is available to enhance any course within any academic discipline. These sessions, in hourly units, can be tailored to your course needs. Faculty Librarians could work with; you to decide which topics to cover and the duration to suit your needs. They could also work with you to decide the specific skill development you require and could evaluate the effectiveness of the programme post-delivery.

Content includes:

  • Defining a research need, types of information sources and their us
  • Subject and discipline-specific resources and personnel
  • Accessing and evaluating information within a discipline
  • Managing the research process, search strategies development and keep track of important materials
  • Use of bibliographic management software and tools
  • Information ethics, avoiding plagiarism and be responsible researcher

Information Literacy Integrated into Courses and Different Levels of Curriculum

The University Library has developed and delivered an array of IL programmes and materials to help students to develop independent learning and research skills. Library instruction delivered in the context of a discipline-specific course is considered one of the most effective means to enhance students' research skills. To this end, the University Library has prepared a scalable Library Instruction Programme to integrate into courses and curricula with very specific learning targets.


Outcomes and Assessment

The Library has prepared exercises/tasks to assess how well the students have attained the learning outcomes. We hope that faculties/instructors would consider incorporating these exercises/tasks as part of their course work and would include this assessment as part of the students' grading. Faculties/instructors are most welcome to discuss and collaborate with Faculty Librarians in designing their course content and any other forms of assessment.


Online Programmes


Topical Workshops (offered in Oct – Dec and Feb – Jun)

Topical workshops are offered regularly each semester  to staff and students of PolyU so as to sharpen their research techniques in locating, evaluating and managing information. Topics include:

  • OneSearch & Beyond: Discovery Tool for Library Materials
  • Surfing the Internet for Useful Information
  • Citing Reference & Avoiding Plagiarism
  • EndNote (Basic & Advanced)
  • Using Bibliometric Tools to Evaluate Research Impact
  • Library Resources and Services for Postgraduate Students

Customized Workshops (upon request)

Upon request by faculty staff, we offer customized classes to meet the needs of individual courses. As these workshops require considerable preparation time, please make advance arrangement with the Section Head of Information Services or call 2766- 6858.

For a group of 10 or more, students may request a library workshop on a specific topic via the Library Homepage online.