Information Literacy and Theological Librarianship: Theory & Praxis


Bobby Smiley, Vanderbilt University; Christopher Anderson, Yale Divinity Library; William B Badke, Associated Canadian Theological Schools; Brandon Board, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary; Evan Kuehn, Trinity International University; Jérémie LeBlanc, Saint Paul University; Kaeley McMahan, Wake Forest University; Elizabeth Young Miller, Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary; Keegan Osinski, Vanderbilt University; Brian Shetler, Drew University; Victoria Tsonos, Saint Paul University; Kristine Veldheer, Catholic Theological Union
Keywords: ACRL Framework, information literacy, theological librarianship, writing, research


For librarians working in research, reference, and instruction, information literacy (IL) is foundational to their work. Since the advent of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, IL has been substantially reimagined both theoretically and in professional practice. While much attention and scholarship has focused on broad-based, undergraduate education, there has been less work on information literacy for specific disciplines, such as theological and religious studies, or in library settings with unique curricular and professional needs.

Information Literacy and Theological Librarianship: Theory & Praxis gathers together reflective practices and theoretical explorations from librarians across a range of theological libraries, including research universities with divinity schools, seminaries, religious universities, and small liberal arts colleges. This volume engages key concepts and concerns in information literacy pedagogy for theological libraries, and furnishes applied examples drawn from instructional experience. Placing the Framework in conversation with the study of religion and theological education, Information Literacy and Theological Librarianship provides theological and religious studies librarians working in different academic environments with concrete and practical ways to extend their own work on information literacy that is grounded in pedagogy and applicable to the unique features of theological librarianship.


  • Introduction
    Bobby Smiley
  • Exposing the Null Curriculum in Graduate Religious Studies Education
    Keegan Osinski
  • Making Our Information Ecosystem Explicit
    Evan Kuehn
  • Getting Everyone on the Same Page
    Critically Re-imagining Library Instruction for Diverse and International Student Populations
    Kristine Veldheer
  • Framing Information Literacy within the Disciplines of Theological Education
    William B Badke
  • Charting Information Literacy
    Curriculum Mapping at an Embedded Seminary
    Elizabeth Young Miller
  • Scholarship as Conversation
    Information Literacy in the Divinity School Curriculum
    Kaeley McMahan
  • Building Competencies
    Using the ACRL Framework to Construct an Information Literacy Lab
    Jérémie LeBlanc, Victoria Tsonos
  • Hands-on Learning
    Using Primary Sources as Tools for Information Literacy
    Brian Shetler, Christopher Anderson
  • Reframing Information Literacy as Theological Habits
    Embedding the Framework into Theological Curriculum
    Brandon Board
October 7, 2019

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