Library Instruction & Information Literacy
Our information literacy program is built upon the national standards of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and is designed to support undergraduate learning and Cal Lutheran's Student Learning Outcomes.
Library instruction is informed by the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which is grounded in six core threshold concepts.
A comparison chart shows how the Framework compares to the previous learning outcomes of the ACRL and AAC&U.
- Our Goals
The goal of our program is for information literacy concepts and skills to be embedded across the curriculum with an eye to the following objectives:
- Early introduction: First year students participate in tutorials embedded in their RLTH100 class. These tutorials introduce students to the Framework for Information Literacy, and give them foundational tools for thinking about, accessing, assessing, using, and creating information.
- Build on freshman level skills via information literacy workshops, activities, and assignments in sophomore and junior level courses.
- Integrate advanced information literacy skills and concepts to coincide with research-intensive papers in capstone courses.
- Services for Faculty
Librarians offer various services revolving around information literacy to support faculty:
50-minute instruction sessions are customized to instruct students in accessing and using resources for specific assignments. Students may be instructed on developing their research question, mind mapping, determining thier information needs, and determining the best strategy for research.
Customized information literacy workshops on library resources and research strategies can be arranged by request for new undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Bachelor Degree for Professionals program, MBA programs through the School of Management, and master's and doctoral programs at the Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Psychology. Workshops are frequently presented with the Writing Center.
Librarians work with faculty during the program review process and contribute a library section outlining resources and services provided through the Pearson Library that support student learning, especially discipline-specific information literacy. Collaborating with your subject librarian is very useful in preparation for accreditation and meeting other program evaluation goals.
The subject librarians have created customized research guides for each academic discipline to direct your students to the information sources they need.
Your subject librarian will help your students succeed in their assignments and projects through class visits and individual appointments.
Invite your subject librarian to plan an engaging instruction session tailored to class assignments and research projects.
- Library Instruction Request
Help your students make the most of the library's resources. One of our staff will come to your classroom and provide instruction tailored to your subject area.Fill out my online form.