Why Information Literacy in your Classroom?
Our Information Literacy program is designed to teach students how to search, evaluate, and use information as well as how to use the library effectively and independently. Helping students develop their information literacy skills early in their college career will allow them to continue to use them during their undergraduate years at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, graduate school, careers, and throughout their lives.
"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.." (American Library Association, Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education)
The Information Literacy program involves the librarians providing instruction on all levels, from first-year through graduate, generally at the request of the course instructor. Almost all of our instruction is directly related to or integrated with a course. While some of this is provided through reference and reserach consultations and orientation tours, student learning is enhanced when Information Literacy goals are integrated into course assignments. Librarians are happy to help you develop such assignments as well as work with individual classes or student groups. Also, librarians are willing to participate in Canvas or other course activities.
Library instructions are usually held in the library or computer lab, where a projection screen and computers are available for hands-on activities or in your classroom where a projection screen is available. Instructions can be for 10, 15, 30 and 80 minutes or whatever length you prefer. Again, librarians are happy to help you develop sessions to be incorporated into your class activities.
Contact a Librarian
Faculty, staff, current students, and members of the Benedictine communities at SJU and CSB may request Information Literacy services. Schedule a library instruction through our Library Instruction Menu or contact a librarian directly. For more information call Sarah Gewirtz at CSB Clemens Library (#5802), or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.