Information literacy is a process, a library instruction session is but one step.
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:
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We provide a variety of information literacy sessions/tours at the library.
While touring the four-story library facility, we highlight all public services and resources available to students including the public computer areas, printers/photocopiers/scanners, group study rooms, academic support centers and labs, the laptop and textbook loan programs, and the print collections.
General Information Literacy Sessions
We briefly cover the various services available to students as well as the use of the online library catalog and databases for searching books, journal articles and other formats. We also discuss the differences between using search engines and databases, and popular magazines and scholarly journals for research. These sessions generally last 45 to 50 minutes.
Course or Assignment-specific Research Instruction
For these sessions, we focus on a narrower set of appropriate databases to find articles and other formats. Thus, in a subject-specific session for a Management and Supervision class, we will concentrate on the most heavily used business databases, such as ABI/Inform, Hoovers Premium, or Business Source Complete. These sessions are most successful with class assigments set in advance with the assigned Librarian, so we can personalize the instruction for the students' research. These sessions can last from 30 minutes to an hour.
In a two-part orientation, we can provide students with a broad overview in the first session to be followed up by a second session, assisting students with individual research or an assignment-specific project. These sessions are 45 minutes each.
To schedule a session, please click here and fill out the entire form.
**To schedule an orientation for your online courses, please contact Simone Williams, Online Librarian at 954-201-7918 or email@example.com.