Library Instruction

Information Literacy Instruction

Librarians at ZSR Library provide information literacy instruction through course-integrated library instruction in academic classes, in our own information literacy courses, and through workshops across campus.

We also offer several self-help instructional opportunities designed by librarians to help you learn how to use our website and resources. Of course, if you need anything, we’re here to help. Just ask!

What do Librarians Teach?

The Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework provides the following definition of information literacy:

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.

ZSR Library has developed a set of Information Literacy Learning Outcomes that are meant to be accomplished over an undergraduate students’ academic career. These outcomes include:

  • Inquire: Define the extent of the information needed. Ask questions that provide additional lines of inquiry. Approach research as a process of inquiry.
  • Find: Design searches strategically using advanced search techniques and careful selection of a search system.
  • Evaluate: Critically evaluate information to determine its appropriateness for a specific purpose.
  • Apply: Apply information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose. Contribute to the scholarly conversation at an appropriate level.
  • Credit: Understand the value of information and practice contextually- appropriate attribution techniques when using others’ work.
  • Reflect: Critically reflect on the gaps and weaknesses in their own research practices, those of their field, and of the information ecosystem as a whole.

In addition to this, librarians teach classes about emerging and established technologies that can aid in information finding and research.