Let the Games Begin! Engaging Students with Interactive Information Literacy Instruction

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The value of games in teaching and learning has been well-documented in research in education. Here are sixty field-tested games that teach information literacy skills using fun, interactive activities at a variety of skill and knowledge levels. You’ll find card games and Jeopardy games, games that involve individual and group work, clickers, white boards, chalk boards, running around the library, and moving around the classroom.

Editor Theresa McDevitt has picked 60 of the absolute best ones, all field-tested, from colleges and universities across the country. Examples include:


  • Let's Play Information Jeopardy
  • Library Mystery Scavenger Hunt
  • Name that LCSH!
  • Biggest Researcher Competition
  • YouTube Detectives
  • Twitter and Tagging Your Research Paper
  • Quality Counts
  • Pick a Periodical

Details for each game are provided, including: objectives; information literacy standards addressed; audience (size, educational level); time required; materials and equipment – including prize suggestions; area setup; preparation; game instructions and processes.
With this step-by-step creative guide, instructors will be able to confidently create information literacy instruction sessions that will break the mold, engaging students in learning that is both highly educational and highly enjoyable.

Summary :

  • Ice Breakers
  • Quick Introductory Library Orientation Classes
  • The Physical and Virtual Structure of Academic Libraries
  • The Organization of Library Materials
  • Searching Online Catalogs
  • Monographic Literature
  • Finding Periodical Literature
  • Online Searching
  • Internet Search Strategies
  • Evaluating the Quality and Authority of Print and Electronic Resources
  • The Ethical Use of Information

Theresa McDevitt

Theresa McDevitt is the government information/outreach librarian at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she has served since 1986. She has taught a one-credit information literacy course with a service-learning element for the last five years. She is a co-director of the universities’ Reflective Practice faculty development group and has an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in American history from Kent State University.