The ZSR Library teaches several sections of a 1.5-hour Information Literacy course each semester entitled Accessing Information in the 21st Century (LIB 100).
The specifics of the classes vary by instructors, but students learn to select a topic, locate reference materials, scholarly books, scholarly journal articles and scholarly web sites relevant to their topic. Along the way students become familiar with the ZSR Library and its catalog, our online databases and sources of good scholarly information on the web. Students learn to cite sources appropriately in either MLA or APA style. Strong emphasis is given to learning to evaluate information to determine how appropriate it is for research and whether it is credible, scholarly information. Issues of copyright, plagiarism and the impact of the Internet on research are also covered. Courses are taught by Library faculty and are held in the ZSR Library 476 classroom (near the Reference Department on the 4th floor of the Wilson Wing). Just follow the ASK sign!
See also our LIB200 series.
What We Teach
More than 450 students take a library class each year. We take our obligation to these students very seriously, and as such have created a lot of support documentation for library instructors and our students.
Several LIB100 faculty members contributed to a textbook to support LIB100. This book can be used to support a specific class, or students might find background information to be helpful if they need additional perspectives on a given topic.
LIB100 faculty take their teaching obligation very seriously, and most continually update their course and stay abreast of current developments in pedagogy and instructional technology. To help faculty in this pursuit, we have an internal training series called “teaching strategies” in which faculty can gain the most current knowledge and skill in order to make their courses be the most relevant and engaging they possibly can be. For more information, see the Teaching Strategies page.