Information Literacy

Overview

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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” (Source & more details).

Librarians are available to work with your classes to teach these important concepts. Information literacy instruction is collaboratively developed with faculty and customized to specific assignments and learning outcomes. For more information on how the Information Literacy Program works at TCC, visit the IL FAQ.

In addition to face-to-face classroom based information literacy instruction, librarians can embed information literacy instruction within online classes, using a variety of online tools and services. Librarians can moderate discussion board threads, create and grade research assignments, post tutorials and activities, or host live instruction chats.

Librarians are also available for consultation on how to design an effective research assignment. We collaborate with faculty to ensure the library has resources available for students to successfully meet assignment requirements. Reach out to your subject liaison Librarian to get started!

Helpful Tips

  • Plan Ahead! The earlier a Librarian is involved in the planning process, the better we are able to align instruction with desired course outcomes.
  • Make A Copy - Librarians can help design assignments and assessments based on information literacy course outcomes. We would like a copy or description of your assignment to assist in lesson planning.  
  • Assess Student Learning - Instruction is more successful when you assess the students’ learning. Students participate more in learning activities when they know they will be graded on what they learn.
  • Make Necessary Accommodations - Faculty are required to be present during the instruction or arrange for a faculty substitute.
  • Allow Yourself Time - Consider scheduling two or three classes for scaffolded information literacy instruction. This allows time for instruction, topic development, brain storming, hands-on activities to reinforce learning, and guided research time.
  • Schedule Early! Last minute requests may not be able to be accommodated.

To schedule a class, contact your librarian liaison,  or use our Instruction Request Form.

 

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