Library instruction on research techniques and library resources is available for individuals, small groups, or entire classes for general or subject-specific content. Instruction may be held in a single session or a series of sessions online, in the Reference Room, in a computer lab, or in the classroom.
You will receive confirmation of the session within 24 hours of the request. If you do not receive confirmation, please email Carolyn Oakes with your request.
Instruction sessions are designed to teach students important concepts in Information Literacy. You can read the College's definition of Information Literacy below, as well as the six frameworks of Information Literacy provided by the Association of College & Research Libraries.
Jenks Library can provide information literacy instruction for your students in a variety of ways. Below are some suggestions on how to integrate information literacy into your course:
In-Class Library Workshop
Library workshops on research techniques and library resources is available for individuals, small groups, or entire classes for general or subject-specific content. Instruction may be held in a single session or a series of sessions in a computer lab, in the Reference Room, or in the classroom.
Embed information literacy directly into your Canvas course by asking the library to help you build a research module. This module will be designed as a self-passed resource for students to complete. It includes a mixture of reading and videos, followed by short assignments to help check for understanding.
Discussion Board Moderator
Embed a librarian into a discussion board to moderate students sharing research topics and sources or to moderate an online question-and-answer session.
Ask a librarian for help producing instruction videos to distribute to your class via Canvas or our Jenks Library YouTube page. This is the next best thing to in-person instruction, and in some ways better, because we can create highly tailored video content your students can access again and again. Check out the Jenks Library YouTube page to view examples of instruction videos.
Subject Guides or Course Guides
The library can create a tailored subject guide or course guide for your class or discipline. These guides are curated resources designed to meet the needs of your students. They contain links and how-to information for the most relevant library resources and search strategies related to your discipline or class.
Gordon College Definition of Information Literacy
Information literacy is a set of abilities equipping individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. (Approved by the Gordon College Academic Programs Committee on March 24, 2011.)
ACRL Frameworks for Information Literacy
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) defines Information Literacy according to six core frameworks:
The ACRL Frameworks for Information Literacy for Higher Education was filed by the ACRL Board on February 2, 2015 and adopted by the ACRL Board, January 11, 2016. Learn more about the Frameworks by visiting the ACRL Frameworks website.
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