The Research & Instruction Department's instructional services focus on developing the information literacy abilities of students as outlined in national standards.
Information literacy, as defined in the Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, defines information literacy as "..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."
Furthermore, instructional services aim to equip students with transferable skills that can be applied to academic, career, and lifelong learning pursuits.
Library instruction sessions can cover topics such as developing search strategies, identifying source types, selecting and searching general or discipline specific databases, locating and accessing e-books and print books, evaluating information for reliability and accuracy, and more. The following list is not exhaustive and topics covered are dependent on several factors including what you hope your students will take away from the library instruction session, length of session, and prior exposure to library resources and services.
Broad and narrow aspects of a topic
Databases that can help students further refine a topic (i.e. Opposing Viewpoints in Context)
Identify keywords and synonyms
Create a database search statement
Identify Source Types
Discuss publication process
Compare and contract academic/peer reviewed and popular sources
Compare and contrast primary and secondary sources
Classic Catalog Search & Quick Search
Locate and access books in print and e-books
Locate and access films including streaming films
Request books from other South Carolina academic libraries using PASCAL
Introduction to databases such as Academic Search Complete
Use general databases to locate articles and other sources
Database navigation including locating full-text and emailing sources
Discipline Specific Databases
Identify and select subject specific databases
Unique search features specific to subject specific databases
Reading Citations & Locating Sources from Citations
Identify parts of a citation
Determine common source types (i.e. book, book chapter, journal article, dissertation, etc.) from a citation
Determine if University Libraries has access to a source
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) adopted a new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in January 2016. Rather than taking a standards-based approach to information literacy instruction, the Framework offers a series of interconnected core concepts about information, research, and scholarship.
ACRL has also drafted information literacy standards for a variety of disciplines taught at colleges and universities. These standards predate the adoption of the Framework and take a more prescriptive approach to the enumeration of information literacy competencies than the Framework does. Nevertheless, we believe that instructors working in these subject areas can still find guidance and inspiration from these documents when attempting to integrate information literacy instruction into a curriculum.