Information Literacy Instruction

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Information Literacy Instruction Overview

Please fill out the Instruction Request Form if you'd like a Librarian to provide your students with Information Literacy Instruction.

The librarians welcome the opportunity to integrate information literacy into all levels of the college curriculum.  We are committed to working with faculty with these goals in mind:

  1. We want to meet students where they are.  This means that:
    • librarians will provide instruction to all students in face to face classrooms as well as in the online environment.
    • librarians are committed to integrating technology into information literacy instruction for maximum student engagement and success.
  2. We will incorporate hands-on and collaborative activities into all library instruction. 
  3. We are committed to faculty-librarian collaboration.  We can help design and tweak research assignments.  We will meet with the faculty to ensure that instruction session goals reflect assignment goals.
  4. We are focused on teaching students that research is a process not a destination.  We want to provide transferrable skills that students can use in future assignments.
What is Information Literacy?

According to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), "information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning."

The purpose of the John Stewart Memorial Library's Information Literacy program is to support the teaching and learning process by providing students with the research skills needed to be effective critical thinkers and lifelong learners. 

The John Stewart Memorial Library Information Literacy Program uses the following elements as its guiding criteria to develop, integrate, and assess information literacy instruction for students:

Library Instruction Support

Here are some ways that information literacy instruction can be integrated into courses:

  • Discipline or assignment specific instruction -- instruction sessions are tailored to specific research assessments and course goals.
  • Skills-based instruction -- instruction sessions are focused on specific aspects of the research process.
  • Guided instruction -- students can work on their projects with a librarian in the room to guide them through the research process and help as needed.
  • Mini-sessions -- sessions can be as short or as long as needed and focused on specific aspects of the research process. These sessions can be combined with a required meeting outside of class time to address specific student research needs.
  • Research paper consultations -- librarians can work with faculty to set up "librarian office hours" or students can contact us for individualized research appointments.
  • Online instruction -- librarians can create videos or research guides that can be uploaded into Canvas.

Please fill out the Instruction Request Form if you'd like a Librarian to provide your students with Information Literacy Instruction.

Information Literacy in the Wilson College Curriculum

The librarians are committed to collaborating with faculty to integrate information literacy into the following programs:

  1. First Year Seminar
    • Librarians conduct an information literacy plenary session in which students are introduced to the research process and the resources provided by the library.
    • Students are assigned a research plan assignment which gives them the opportunity to acquire some hands-on practice with the databases.
    • Students are introduced to their personal librarian and are required to meet with their librarian at least once during the first semester.
    • Students complete an information literacy skills assessment before the last day of class.
  2. Courses in the Major
    • Librarians will work with faculty to identify at least one course in each major for required information literacy instruction.
    • Students in these classes will learn how information is found, organized, and presented in different disciplines.
    • While one course is required, librarians can provide services for any course in the discipline.
  3. Senior Experience
    • Librarians will conduct research paper consultations with all students completing a senior thesis or capstone project.
    • Librarians will integrate information literacy instruction into junior or senior research seminars in all disciplines.

This is a brief overview of the John Stewart Memorial Library information literacy plan.  To see the full plan, click here.

Information Literacy Services for Faculty Teaching Online Courses

Librarians are able to provide a number of services and access to a variety of library resources for faculty teaching online courses.  Librarians can:

  • create and provide links to library database tutorials
  • develop handouts that connect students with the appropriate library resources for their research assignments
  • provide face to face (live and in person) library instruction to students in your class via Zoom conferencing. The Zoom meeting can be recorded if you'd like.

Links to tutorials, handouts, and other relevant library materials can easily be added to your Canvas courses so that students can easily find the information they need to successfully complete their research assignments.




Library and Research Help for Students in Canvas Courses

Faculty can help their students succeed in online courses by:

  • encouraging students to use provided links to library resources in Canvas
  • suggesting that students take advantage of individualized research help. Research paper consultations can be provided to online students via email, phone, or Zoom conferencing
  • reminding students that every student at Wilson College has access to a Personal Librarian

Information about the Personal Librarian program, access to helpful links, an overview of the library's website, and an informative guide to the research process for students can be found here.

Both faculty and students can contact librarians for assistance with all library services and resources.  Or, use the Ask a Librarian form to ask a question and one of the librarians will get back to you!