This page addresses assessment issues, and provides useful information literacy assessment instruments.

Assessment (including rubrics):

Association of American Colleges and Universities. Information Literacy VALUE Rubric:

Beile's Test of Information Literacy for Education (B-TILED):

ETS: iSkill
The iSkills™ assessment measures students' ability to navigate, critically evaluate and make sense of the wealth of information available through digital technology — so you can make the necessary changes to narrow skill gaps. The iSkills assessment measures information literacy through seven task types — Define, Access, Evaluate, Manage, Integrate, Create and Communicate — representing a range of ways that students handle information through digital technology.

HEDS Research Practices Survey
15-minute-long, 35-question, online survey designed to assess students’ skills, attitudes, and approaches to using information sources in academic research.

The Information Literacy Test (ILT)
ILT is a computerized, multiple-choice test developed collaboratively by the JMU Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) and JMU Libraries. It is designed to assess the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges
The information literacy needs assessment is based on 13 of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Performance Indicators.

New York City Department of Education.Office of Library Services. (2010). Information fluency continuum: Benchmark skills for grades K-12 assessments.

Helps librarians assess student information literacy skills exhibited in "artifacts of student learning" like research papers, presentations, worksheets, portfolios, or reflective journals.

Nationally-recognized assessment of information literacy skills; identifies strengths and weaknesses of students' information literacy skills and will provide direction to better develop their skills.

TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. This Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. There is no charge for using TRAILS.

- Coates, H. (2013). Exploring the disconnect between information literacy skills and self-estimates of ability in first-year community college students. Evidence Based Library And Information Practice, 8(2), 264-266.
- Farmer, L., & Henri, J. (2008). Information literacy assessment in k-12 settings. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
Hseih, M., Dawson, P., & Carlin, M. (2013). What five minutes in the classroom can do to uncover the basic information literacy skills of your college students: A multiyear assessment study. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 8(3), 34-57. <>
- Radcliff, C., et al. (2007). A practical guide to information literacy assessment for academic librarians. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
- Rinto, E. (2013). Developing and applying an information literacy rubric to student annotated bibliographies. Evidence Based Library And Information Practice, 8(3), 5-18.
- Victor, P;, Otto, J., Mutscher, C. (2013). Assessment of library instruction on undergraduate student success in a documents-based research course: The benefits of librarian, archivist and faculty collaboration. Collaborative Librarianship, 5(3), 154-176.

Issues and Help
a set of tools, web pages and other resources to help with using the Information Literacy Competency Standards
ACRL’s toolkit to work with the ACRL Standards. AASL essential links