IRIS 42: Information and Research Instruction Suite for two-year colleges

About Iris 4-2

We didn't want to reinvent the wheel...

We just wanted to modify it a little bit. The concept of these tutorials was inspired by TILT: The Information Literacy Tutorials, which are no longer available. Having used modified TILT modules in our library for nearly five years, we knew the value of the TILT tutorials as well as the drawbacks and limitations. We listened to comments and requests from both students and faculty; we also knew that we needed a more versatile tool to meet the growing demand for information instruction. We also needed a tool specifically for meeting the information needs of community college students.

We have been using IRIS since Fall quarter 2008, and for the most part have kept the content generic enough so that students from other institutions can use it. I am in the process of going through the modules and updating the content.

A central feature of the tutorials is the Quiz: 30 questions that many WA librarians contributed to via the CLAMS listserv. Currently the quiz is set up so that students at Clark can take the quiz and have scores sent to their instructors. But anyone from anywhere can take the quiz and print their score.

The project was funded by a grant from the Distance Learning Council of Washington. Grant Coordinators are Tom Moran, Interim Dean of Library, Media, and Distance Learning at Shoreline, and Lynn Chmelir, formerly the Interim Director at Clark College.


IRIS is built and designed completely using the box-model and style sheets, meeting current design standards. This model make it easy for other institutions to adapt and modify IRIS.

As much as IRIS 4-2 has going for it, there are many things that I had to put on the wish list of future modifications. You can see the list, plus all the other notes and documentation I kept track of, at my (very messy) wiki: IRIS42wiki .

The results are a set of modules that helps meet the information instruction needs of community college students, faculty and librarians.

Resources for Librarians

Open Publication License

For more information, please contact Kitty Mackey (