The journal Communications in Information Literacy invited Megan Oakleaf, assistant professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool), to write a column for its latest issue. Oakleaf’s column, “Writing Information Literacy Assessment Plans: A Guide to Best Practice,” appeared in a special issue devoted to the theme of assessment. Since being posted online last month, Oakleaf’s column has already been downloaded more than 440 times.

Communications in Information Literacy (CIL)is an electronic, open-access, independent, peer-reviewed journal about information literacy in higher education. CIL is published at least twice a year at

Oakleaf joined the Syracuse iSchool faculty in 2007. Her research interests include assessment, evidence-based decision making, information literacy instruction, information services, and digital librarianship. She is also on the faculty of the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program

Oakleaf has presented at numerous conferences, including ALA and ACRL National Conferences, ARL Library Assessment Conferences, the IUPUI Assessment Institute, the NCSU Undergraduate Assessment Symposium, the Texas A&M Assessment Conference, and EDUCAUSE.  She also won “Best Paper” at the International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference.  Oakleaf has published articles in JASIST, College & Research Libraries, Journal of Documentation, Communications in Information Literacy, and Portal, among other journals.  She is the author of the Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Report and Review commissioned by ACRL.

Oakleaf holds a Ph.D. from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MLS from Kent State University. Prior to joining the Syracuse iSchool faculty, she served as Librarian for Instruction and Undergraduate Research at North Carolina State University.