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Library Instruction

Five people talking at a table.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.

Library Instruction Request Form

Types of Instruction

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. 

Canvas Module
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.

Instruction Videos
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. 

Information Literacy Definition

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: 

  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
    Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.
  2. Information Creation as a Process
    Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.
  3. Information Has Value
    Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination.
  4. Research as Inquiry
    Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
    Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration
    Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.

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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