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Library Support for Faculty: Information Literacy Instruction

Available support for faculty

Library Instruction


Our librarians offer several options for library instruction for your class:


  • Library classroom session: Bring your class to the library for a session.  The session can be tailored to specific class assignments and can include hands-on time for students to use library resources.  Library sessions can cover topics such as how to search library databases, critically evaluate sources, or locate specialized types of information.
  • Short "In Your Classroom" session: Librarian will drop by your classroom to deliver 20-minute presentations on specific topics.  These presentations are a great option if your students need targeted instruction on a specific skill or type of resource.
  • Individual or group appointments: Encourage students to make one-on-one or group appointments with a librarian who helps them get started with finding information on their specific research topics.
  • Course guide: Librarians develop a web-based guide directing students to the best library and online resources for a particular research assignment.  These guides help place resources in the context of the larger research process.  Course guides can stand alone or supplement the lessons of a library instruction session.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”

An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

(from the Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education)

The library is committed to fostering critical inquiry and information literacy skills within the W&J community. The Library seeks to support student learning and integrate information literacy across the curriculum by developing instruction sessions that engage students in the process of information exploration and discovery that encourages lifelong learning. (see Clark Family Library Mission and Goals).

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Samantha Martin
Research & Collections Librarian
Washington & Jefferson College
Clark Family Library
60 S. Lincoln Ave.
Washington, PA 15301
724-503-1001, Ext. 3127