Mapping Information Literacy and Written Communication Outcomes in an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum: A Case Study in Librarian-Faculty Collaboration


  • Mindi Miller Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Linda Neyer Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania



A syllabi study was conducted by the health science librarian and nursing faculty members in a baccalaureate nursing program to map information literacy and communication learning outcomes. Nursing course syllabi and assignments were examined for particular evidence of information literacy and communication learning outcomes in relationship to three sets of standards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Association of College & Research Libraries, and the rubrics of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. A crosswalk was created between the standards to identify areas where the librarian and nursing faculty could better collaborate to assist students in their achievement of these standards. The resulting analysis led to a change in the librarian’s practices with greater involvement with the nursing department. Information literacy skills are needed in a growing number of professions that value evidence-based practice, thus suggesting that similar curriculum mapping projects are useful for other academic disciplines.

This project was supported by the Bloomsburg University Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Pedagogy-Related Research Grant.

Author Biographies

Mindi Miller, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Mindi Miller, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, is faculty in the Department of Nursing, Bloomsburg University (BU), and Chair of the BU General Education Council.

Linda Neyer, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Linda Neyer, MA, MLS, Associate Professor, and Science/Health Sciences Librarian, has served on the General Education Council since 2012.