In support of the College curriculum, the Library recognizes the need for undergraduate and graduate students to learn library research skills as an ongoing part of their education. Therefore, we have worked to integrate the Library’s Information Literacy Program into the College’s undergraduate liberal arts and graduate curricula. The Library provides customized information literacy sessions for any class at the request of faculty. We embrace the critical role played by the Library in the College’s educational mission and participate in this mission as a teaching library.
Information literacy classes include three levels of instruction:
a. Basic instruction begins with the library workshops in the First Year Writing course and other introductory level classes. These session include a self-paced tutorial, targeted overviews, and supported searching in our library classroom. Students also have the opportunity to work with librarians one-on-one at their own request and many are referred to us by the faculty.
b. Intermediate Library sessions focus on search strategies, refining research topics, creating effective search strings, and evaluating retrieved material within specific fields of study.
c. Advanced classes explore and facilitate discipline-specific research methods for upper-level courses and seminars.
The Library staff works with individual faculty members to customize each library session to the subject matter and research needs of each course. The success of the Information Literacy Program has been demonstrated by our students’ ability to conduct research comfortably and effectively. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Library taught a total of 159 sessions at the request of individual faculty members.