Why Information Literacy in your Classroom?
Our Information Literacy class sessions are 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 forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning." (American Library Association, Introduction to the Information Literacy Competency Standards 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 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 Moodle 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 70 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.