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Information Literacy (Library Instruction)   Tags: faculty, library_instruction  

Guidelines and procedures for information literacy at Hunt Memorial Library.
Last Updated: Oct 2, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Contact Us

To schedule an information literacy instruction session:

  1. Call Stephen Houser, Information Services, at 478-822-7172
  2. Email your request to

Upcoming Classes

Faculty Survey of Information Literacy

If your students have attended information literacy classes this semester, please take a few minutes to answer a quick survey, which will assist us in improving our services.


What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."


Services Available

  1. Face-to- Face Instruction - The library provides an instruction classroom where students come for group presentation and instruction in using library resources.  Computers are available for hands-on work.
  3. Course-Embeded Instruction - Librarians are happy to embed themselves into your distance education course.  We can provide database links, links to LibGuides, links to our Ask-A-Librarian service, etc.
  4. LibGuides - Librarans can create web-based pathfinders, connecting students with relevant resources, such as databases, library catalogs and other electronic resources.
  5. Library Assignment Assistance - Have a research or library related assignment, such as a scavenger hunt, that requires students to conduct independent research?  Feel free to consult with us to create an effective assignment for your students.



Guidelines for Arranging an Information Literacy Session

  • Schedule your session at least one week in advance.  This will allow the librarian assigned sufficient time to put together a meaningful experience for your students.  We encourage professors to add library dates to the syllabus.
  • During peak times, such as the beginning of the semester or leading up to mid-terms, availability fills up quickly.  Please have at least two dates in mind when scheduling your session.
  • Please provide us with a copy of the student assignment and/or a course syllabus.  Knowing what you expect from your students helps us to prepare a more effective session.
  • Professors are encouraged to attend the session along with their students.  Your presence during our session sends the message to your students that information literacy instruction is important.

Ways Faculty Member Can Participate

  • Information literacy instruction is most effective when it relates to a specific assignment.  Research shows that students learn best by doing and applying what they have learned.  We will be happy to review your assignment in advance of your session to make sure that the resources your students need are on hand.
  • Schedule the information literacy session as close to the due date of the assignment as possible, allowing enough time for students to complete it.
  • Make sure that students are clear on the assignment before the day of the instruction session.
  • Feel free to participate in the session along with the students.  Ask questions to clarify and reinforce important aspects of the instruction session.
  • If students need addtional assistance, encourage them to visit the reference desk or schedule a research consulation with a librarian.

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