Postulates for Library Instruction:
- Research is a complex, non-linear, and recursive process.
- Research skills, like writing skills, are developmental.
- The need for critical evaluation of information sources is even more essential today as the number and ease of access of such sources increase.
- We follow the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education for threshold concepts in digital and information literacy.
Library involvement is especially important for:
- First Year Seminars
- Research Methods Courses
- Junior/Senior Seminars
- Independent Study
- Theses, Regular and Honors
Our service offerings include:
- Consulting in advance about resources for or approaches to the assignment(s) you’re considering. For some advice on designing assignments, you might want to look at sites from Dickinson College, the University of Washington or Gustavus Adolphus College.
- Preparing a course-specific research guide.
- Meeting with groups or individual students by appointment to work on their projects.
- Tailoring session(s) around your course-specific needs.
Examples of the in-class instruction we provide are:
- Navigating the many library resources available.
- Identifying and working with appropriate and authoritative sources.
- Distinguishing between and accessing different types of content (e.g. scholarly manuscripts, primary sources, peer-reviewed literature, subject-specific datasets, etc,).
- Acknowledging sources (e.g. when, how, and why acknowledgment is appropriate, specific citation style support, citation manager software instruction).
For a Library instructional session, we:
- Need at least a week’s lead time.
- Appreciate your attending with your class.
- Know that timing is critical and needs to be contextual.
- Emphasize actively involving students in learning.
Librarians/Archivist to contact: