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Info Lit Word Cloud

Word Cloud on information literacy

Instructional Collaboration

Assignment-based instruction in your classroom - For example, a nursing class that needs assistance learning how to evaluate information from on the web versus in a scholastic database.

Embedded Librarian in a class - Multiple instruction sessions (2 minimum) allow for the most benefit to students, allowing for both demonstrations and learning exercises along with independent research with librarian (and instructor) assistance. 

In-class instruction on a library-specific research tool - For example, if your class has a nursing research paper, the Librarian will present on the database CINAHL, to instruct the student's how to effectively find and use information on this database. 

Library Instruction

Reduces Student Anxiety
Library research is a complex and ever-changing eductaional pursuit.  Where do they begin?  What's the difference between databases, scholastic articles, eBooks, electronic journals?  Where do I begin?  These are questions and issues that library instruction can assist students and faculty with. Librarian instruction has shown a reduction in student anxiety.
 
Saves Students Time and Increases Critical Thinking Skills
Literature shows that students require more library instruction than ever before to help them make the best use of their time and find the information they need.  Additionally, evaluating the quality of the sources they find is frequently a new concept to college students. Library instruction can show them how to use critical thinking skills to evaluate and ethically use the resources they found.
 
Improves Student's Paper's and Research
Student's research skills and ability to find, evaluate and use information is often overestimated.  Students often report that their research abilitites and grades improve after exposure to library instruction.  Afterall, better information results in better papers.
 
Reduces Student's Fear of Asking for Help
Once they meet and interact with the library staff, students are more likely to feel comfortable asking for assistance when they need it.

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