Mary and Jeff Bell Library
Information Literacy and Research Instruction Services
Bell Library’s Information Literacy program offers many opportunities for faculty to collaborate with librarians in designing research assignments and research instruction sessions that support your educational objectives while encouraging student success.
What is information literacy?Someone who is information literate is able to identify when information is needed, to locate, evaluate, and synthesize that information and then use it effectively and ethically.
Standards for information literacyThe student learning objectives of the Information Literacy program closely follow the standards established by the Association of College and Research Libraries in the landmark document Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000). Briefly, these standards state that the information literate student will be able to:
- Determine the extent of the information needed
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluate information and its sources critically
- Incorporate selected information into their knowledge base
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally
The role of the library in research instructionResearch instruction takes many different forms:
- Course-related instruction is taught in all disciplines on demand.
- One-on-one instruction sessions occur at service points.
- Consultations with librarians are available through appointment for in-depth research assistance.
- Instructional materials, such as research guides, tutorials, electronic database guides and handouts are available online and / or in print.
Each department is assigned a liaison librarian who can help faculty design research assignments and structure research skills classes tailored to specific assignments or learning objectives.
Scheduling a classIf you would like to schedule a class for research skills instruction, please contact your liaison librarian or Lisa Louis, Coordinator for Reference and Information Literacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-825-5905.
To ensure a successful class, please observe the following guidelines:
- Give us at least one week's notice (preferably two) to prepare the best possible session for your students.
- Choose the best venue for your class. Classes are usually held in the Library Instruction Centers (Rooms 109 and 216A, Bell Library). In these facilities, all students have access to a computer and can follow along with the presentation as well as perform their own searches with guidance from the instructor. However, we will be more than happy to visit your classroom if you prefer.
- Plan to attend the session with your students. Your input and support are crucial to the success of these sessions.
Webpage revised on 07/28/2014