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Instruction Librarians from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) will describe their creation, design, and teaching of a three credit hour undergraduate course that focuses on the development of information literacy skills. The course, “LIB 103: Introduction to Library Research and Technology”, is required for UNCW’s Information Technology minor, which is offered by the university’s Department of Computer Science. This interdisciplinary course exposes students to aspects of media literacy, critical thinking, information evaluation, research skills, various information technologies, and current issues in the information age. The challenges of creating such a course from the ground up will be discussed. For librarians looking to establish credit courses, information about planning, necessary approval processes, and potential roadblocks will be presented. Librarians will discuss their individual experiences teaching the course and their unique approaches to meeting the course’s goals and objectives. Strategies for successful marketing and campus collaborations will also be discussed. LIB 103’s success has led to the expansion of the library’s curriculum to include new credit courses in Business research and Science research and plans for these future endeavors will be given.