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Instructional Services


The Douglas Library provides a range of instructional services and houses a library classroom equipped with 20 computer workstations and a smart lectern.


Course-Related Instruction
Librarians are happy to work with faculty to develop a presentation for students that is tailored to the objectives of a class assignment. Students learn what resources are available, how to access the digital library, construct searches, evaluate what they find, and cite sources. The presentation is given in the library classroom and a tour of the library can also be included. Faculty should plan to remain with their class during the instruction session. To request a course-related instruction session, please fill out the online Course-Related Instruction Request Form at least two weeks in advance to allow time for preparation and scheduling.


Class Visits
Faculty are encouraged to come to the library with their students during class time to work on course assignments. Please notify the Reference Desk at least twenty-four hours in advance at 562-4240 so we can let you know if a librarian will be on duty. With advance notice of the assignment, librarians can also put together recommendations for your students.


Tours
Tours of the library also include an orientation to library services. To request a tour, please fill out the online Course-Related Instruction Request Form.


LIB 101: Library Research Skills

This one-credit course is offered in the library’s classroom and as a distance learning course. See the College Catalog for a course description or the Master Course Schedule for course offerings.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has defined information literacy as the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze and use information. According to ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, the information literate student is someone who:

  • Determines the nature and extent of the information needed
  • Accesses needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system
  • Uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally

Librarians incorporate these standards into course-related instruction sessions and LIB 101: Library Research Skills courses. We are happy to collaborate with faculty interested in addressing these standards in their class assignments. Click on the following link for additional information on the ACRL standards: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/standards.pdf