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Library Support for Faculty: Information Literacy Instruction
All library instruction for Spring 2021 will occur online. For maximum flexibility, our librarians offer several options for your class:
Synchronous Session: This session will happen in real-time using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other videoconferencing options that you are using to meet with your class. These sessions can be tailored to a specific class assignment and we recommend that you talk with your liaison librarian to plan the session.
Asynchronous Session: These sessions can happen through a variety of learning objects created by a librarian, like video lectures, tutorials, handouts, etc.
Reference Consultations: If your students need individualized consultation on their particular research topic, librarians can hold "reference desk" hours in your course shell to talk through topic selection, search strategies, citation styles, or other more specific issues. Students are also able to use the reference chat functionality for independent research assistance.
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.
These options do not need to be stand alone options, they can be used to complement each other and help students successfully complete their research assignments. When in doubt, contact your subject liaison librarian to talk through all your options.
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).