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Instruction in Library Research tools and methods
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Request Instruction for Your Class

To schedule instruction, contact any staff from Research and Instructional Support:

Please contact us early as you plan your syllabus so we can

  • Prepare appropriate sources and examples
  • Prepare a class-centered webpage
  • Reserve the Pelletier classroom

Your presence is critical to the success of the instruction.


What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy, an iterative process, is an ongoing collaboration among faculty, students, and librarians. 

As defined in the Association of College and Research Libraries Standard

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.

An information literate individual is able to: 

  1. Determine the extent of information needed.
  2. Access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
  3. Evaluate information and its sources critically.
  4. Incorporate selected information into one?s knowledge base.
  5. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  6. Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.

Faculty/Librarian Collaboration

Why work with a librarian?

  • Librarians can help your students become effective researchers.
  • Librarians work with classroom faculty to create unique instruction for each course, integrating presentation with student activities.
  • Librarians can talk with you about options that work. Realistically, 1-3 outcomes are reasonable for a 50-minute research session. Do you need ideas for outcomes? Take a look at the Library Instruction Menu.
  • Librarians stay current in the use and organization of information resources.
  • Librarians teach how to use information resources and research materials and methods linked to your courses and assignments.
  • Librarians collaborate - Talk with any reference librarian (lgb link this); share your syllabus, your assignments, and sample topics. With this information, librarians can support your educational goals using relevant examples and resources your students need.
  • Discuss your assignment with a librarian. What resources are you asking students to use? We can enlighten each other about newer, better, more user-friendly sources.
  • Your presence and participation in classroom instruction is critical to success.
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