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Welcome to LILi!

The website for Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi)

About LILi

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LILi = a group of librarians, library staff, and information professionals from various types of libraries, investigating information literacy definitions, standards and instruction, in order to craft effective models of lifelong, sequential information literacy instruction.

Why would you want to use this site?

  • To find links to information literacy/competency, information researching, critical thinking sites, lesson plans, and more.
  • To discover how other libraries are helping their users learn how to learn.
  • To make use of standards and guidelines relating to information literacy/competency teaching and learning.

More About LILi

Our mission is to investigate information literacy definitions, standards and instruction. The group will use the results of the investigation to craft effective models of lifelong, sequential information literacy instruction that consider previous knowledge, abilities, specific tasks and needs, evolving technology, future opportunities, and on-going collaborations among all those committed to information literacy.

What is “information literacy”? There are many different definitions, although most would agree that information literacy includes the ability to identify, locate, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically or responsibly (adapted from American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report, 1989; University of California. Academic Council. University Committee on Library. 2003. “Resolution on Information Literacy"). In many institutions, librarians work hard to come up with a definition of information literacy and a list of competencies that can serve as expected learning outcomes, standards for measuring the success of information literacy instruction programs. Often, librarians then try to find out what their constituencies already know and which information literacy gaps they need to address. Once they know about the gaps, they can design programs and materials to help their learners close those gaps. Finally, librarians can measure their success in this endeavor through various means of assessment, and adjust their programs and materials accordingly.

This is a typical development, implementation, and review cycle for information literacy within an institution, and can be quite effective within a single institution. However, institutions and organizations at many levels, in many locations, and in many types of environments are developing and implementing information literacy programs. In what areas do these programs overlap? Are there gaps, areas not addressed at all, or addressed in only minimal fashion? Should there be overlaps? i.e., are there areas that need repeated instruction? Who should be responsible for helping people learn information literacy competencies, and at what educational and age levels? What emphases should be placed on which competencies, and at which educational and age levels?

LILi hopes that its investigation will lead to answers to these questions and others, as well as fruitful and effective collaborations among all of those interested in information literacy in California.

Bylaws (adopted December 12, 2008; revised June 10, 2013; revised November 19, 2022)

LILi members are particularly interested in sequential information literacy in all types of libraries, as well as information-literacy-related events in California.

Use the LILi Facebook site and Google Group (listserv) to share news and events on information-literacy-related topics, activities, projects and events, and more, for all types of libraries.

Please send information to LILi Advisory Board members to post new links or other materials on this guide.


Become a LILi Member! Join the LILi Google Group for meeting agendas & announcements!

Note: If you do not have a Google account, please email Esther Grassian directly with your request to become a LILi member:


Michael Habata (Chair 2022/2023)
Pierce College

April Sheppard, she/they (Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect 2022/2023)
Assistant Library Director
Arkansas State University

Liz Cheney (Past Chair 2022/2023)
California State University Northridge
Research & Instruction Librarian

Mercedes Rutherford-Patten (Secretary 2022/2023)
Academic Services Librarian
Cal Poly

April Sheppard, she/they (*Web Manager 2022/2023)
Assistant Library Director
Arkansas State University

Esther Grassian (*Listserv Manager)
Lecturer, UCLA Information Studies Dept.
Information Literacy Consultant & Lecturer
Distinguished Librarian (UCLA), Emerita

* indicates an appointed position. 


Advisory Board

Aisha Conner-Gatenshe/her/hers (Term expires 31 Aug 2024)
Instruction Librarian
Glendale Community College


Caroline Coward (Term expires 31 Aug 2023)
Library Group Supervisor/Information Science Manager
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Caltech

Edeama Onwuchekwa (Term expires 31 Aug 2024)
Equity and Engagement Librarian
San Diego Mesa College Library

Emmanuel Edward Te, he/him/his (Term expires 31 Aug 2024)
Associate Librarian / Research & Systems Analyst
Convent & Stuart Hall

Evena Shu (Term expires 31 Aug 2024)
Techncial Services Senior Librarian
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library

Mahagnie Morrison (Term expires 31 Aug 2024)
Emploria State University MLIS Student

Maria Ruelas, she/her/ella (Term expires 31 Aug 2024)
Assistant Librarian
Austin Community College

Matthew Chase, he/him/his (Term expires 31 Aug 2023)
Cuyamaca College

Stephanie Robertson, she/her/hers (Term expires 31 Aug 2023)
Assistant Professor/Information Literacy & Faculty Outreach Librarian
Brigham Young University–Hawaii

  • The LILi web site serves to support and enhance the LILi mission.
  • LILi web page links are selected based on the following criteria:
    • has relevance to information literacy
    • is useful to a particular type of library
    • is useful to many types of libraries
    • provides practical information-literacy-related help or examples
    • encourages continuing education related to information literacy
  • Anyone may submit suggestions for links to LILi members.
  • LILi Advisory Board members who are actively employed in a particular type of library in California are responsible for selecting and checking links, and for succinct link descriptions for the LILi web page for that type of library.
  • The LILi Advisory Board Chair serves as overall site Editor.

The LILi Web Committee will also oversee the Show & Tell series and will refer to the LILi Community Agreement to foster an inclusive environment where all members can feel welcomed, safe, and supported.

Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi) strives to support an open exchange of ideas within a safe and respectful environment. We value your attendance at our conferences, business meetings, and events. We are dedicated to providing a positive experience for our participants. We want our events to be welcoming, supportive, and comfortable for participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, citizenship or other group identity.

Please give respectful consideration to the perspectives and opinions of all present, and use discretion with photographs, recordings, and sharing. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, LILi may take any action it deems necessary, including warning the offender or removing the offender from the event. If you are being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a LIL Mini-conference organizer immediately.


This policy is adapted from the policies of:

This policy is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. It is public domain, no credit and no open licensing of your version is required.

Community agreements are collaboratively-developed documents outlining key values and guidelines for meetings and conferences or any space, online or face-to-face, where communities gather. Community agreements create an inclusive environment, and actively engage the community in which members from different backgrounds can all feel welcomed, safe, and supported. In the process of creating a community agreement values statement, a group can also build trust and begin normalizing honest discussions about organizational culture, harm, and other difficult topics.

With this agreement, LILi hopes to take steps toward making LILi a truly equitable organization and to uplift and welcome all members. Please see the Community Agreement below.

Web Committee

Web Committee

April Sheppard, Arkansas State University (Chair)
Jonathon Lee, Los Angeles Harbor College
Shaimaa Sakr, Rabdan Academy, UAE

Marcia Henry, California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
Karleen Delaurier-Lyle, University of British Columbia (UBC Library) - Xwi7xwa Library

Former members:
Angela Boyd, Miramar College
Natalie Lopez, Palomar College
Ryan Gan, El Camino College
Yi Ding, California State University Northridge