About the Critical Information Literacy Laboratory


The Critical Information Literacy Laboratory for Faculty replaces and extends the Pfau Library’s skills-based online tutorials, reflecting the evolution of information literacy pedagogy to an approach that balances both concepts and skills. Anyone with a regular Internet connection can access the CIL Lab.

The Instructor’s Corner contains teaching resources (discussion prompts, activities, etc.) for instructors. These resources are aligned with our student learning outcomes (see CIL at the Pfau Library) and are meant to assist you in helping your students think critically about how information works. These teaching tools can be tailored to your class assignments and student needs in a variety of ways. You will find that some of the higher-level prompts and activities are great ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom.

The Video Tutorials component for students is a series of YouTube videos, which include audio and closed captioning. Each tutorial concludes with an online assessment.

For assistance with integrating CIL into your courses, see Library Instruction Options.

Connection to CSUSB General Education

The CIL Lab supports the campus GE learning outcome for critical literacies, which states:

“The program…is a process whereby students analyze the ways that information and expression, including quantitative, technological, artistic, oral, and written modes, shape and are shaped by social contexts.”

The tutorials, assessments, and instructional resources highlight the social nature of information and, when integrated into meaningful assignments, lend impetus to classroom discussions, activities, and reflection about the information environment.

Feel free to contact Barbara Quarton, Coordinator of Instruction, or Gina Schlesselman-Tarango, Instructional Services & Initiatives Librarian, if you have any questions.