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Information Literacy @ CityU

This guide explores the concept of information literacy and describes and documents the Library's instruction programme.


The mission of CityU is “to nurture and develop the talents of students and to create applicable knowledge in order to support social and economic advancement”. [1]  CityU’s Discovery-enriched Curriculum’s (DeC) goal is to "to enable all our students to make an original discovery while at CityU so that they learn what it means to create new knowledge, communicate it, curate it, and cultivate it to benefit society".[2] Part of the Library's mission is to "support and augment learning, teaching, and research". [3] 

In support of both the University and the Library’s missions, it is important for the Library to establish a supportive environment to

contribute to the education of the University community by providing high quality instruction to help our users identify, locate, evaluate, and use ethically those information resources appropriate for their research and scholarship, to possess the ability to think critically and creatively and to become self-directed learners. 

The Library instruction programme serves the students and staff of the City University of Hong Kong at all levels.

[1] City University of Hong Kong. (2009). Vision and mission. Retrieved from

[2] City University of Hong Kong. Office of the Provost (2011). Discovered-enriched curriculum. Retrieved from

[3] City University of Hong Kong. Run Run Shaw Library (n.d.). About the Run Run Shaw Library. Retrieved from

Goals and objectives

The goals and objectives of the Run Run Shaw Library’s instruction programme are to:

  • Participate in the education of the university community
    • Provide instruction both in-person and in the online environment using a variety of tools and resources
    • Integrate current teaching practices and different learning platforms into the instruction programme
    • Participate in Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) and present clear Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) for courses and workshops
    • Include assessment measures for student learning
    • Consider a variety of student learning styles when developing and delivering workshops and courses
  • Collaborate with academic teaching staff to promote information literacy through the curriculum
    • Provide outreach services 
    • Work with teaching staff to develop Library workshops, courses, and other instructional aids
  • Contribute to lifelong learning
    • Equip students with the skills to be self-directed learners while at the University and after graduation