“Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use, and communicate it in an ethical manner (1).”
Disappointed with the quality of your students’ research? The Library can help you increase the information literacy skills of your students, showing them that there’s more to doing research than Googling their topic. We can also teach them to critically evaluate and use the information that they find.
Classes taught by librarians will reinforce the information literacy skills you are teaching, ensuring your students are given the opportunity to tap into their critical thinking skills and discover the valuable research tools available to them. A librarian will work with you to design a session tailored to your curriculum and research assignments. Possible topics for classes include, but are not limited to:
- Information retrieval, using tools such as the library catalogue and article databases
- Effective Web searching techniques
- Evaluating resources
- Plagiarism, copyright, and proper citing of sources
Classes are usually taught in the Library Instruction Lab, which is equipped with 28 student workstations and has seating capacity for 40. Classes can be planned for any time during the term, but are most effective when students have had time to read and reflect on their assignment, consider their topics, and are ready to begin their research. Sessions are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
To book classes, contact the liaison librarian for your department, or the Library’s Information Literacy Instruction Coordinator, Michelle Edwards Thomson, by phone at 342-3346 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To facilitate the collaborative process during the design phase of the classes, please provide a copy of the assignment you’ll be giving your students.
We look forward to seeing you and your students in the Library!
1. Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. (2006). Information literacy definition. Retrieved August 22, 2006 from http://www.cilip.org.uk/