Library Instruction Program Vision: Every Dominican student approaches research with curiosity and confidence.
In keeping with the Rebecca Crown Library's mission of providing academic support to students, and teaching as one of the primary ways the library realizes Dominican's mission to pursue truth, our program seeks to facilitate student learning and curiosity. We understand the information landscape to be a bewildering place for many people and seek to make that landscape navigable and familiar to students in our classes. With guidance from The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, we challenge students to move through "portals to enlarged understanding" of information generally and within their disciplines so that they might become creators of information as well as users. Information literacy, like other disciplines, is informed by politics, privilege, and structures of power and recognizing this is an integral part of our pedagogy. Information literacy skills are not linear or simple and are constantly evolving based on need, motivation, tools, and more. We seek to support students, staff, and faculty at all levels of ability.
Throughout the semester, the library offers drop-in workshops and webinars that cover foundational information literacy skills and library resources in specific disciplines. These workshops provide students with the foundation that they need to research in entry level classes in specific disciplines. Faculty can request that a workshop be held at a specific time and day or inform their students of the already scheduled workshops so that students can attend. In these workshops, students will have the opportunity to learn about discipline specific databases and resources offered from the library. Foundational/Discipline Specific Workshops include:
Students entering their major coursework and graduate students have unique needs related to research. Assignment-based research involves preparing students for in-depth research in a specific course at their instructor's request. These are typically one class period. We work closely with course faculty to ensure that student learning is focused on students' research needs and relevant to the assignment. These classes cover information literacy skills and library resources in-depth beyond what is covered in the foundational/discipline specific workshops.
Librarians teach mini-courses embedded into existing courses in other programs where we develop lessons, assignments, and grade assignments related to information literacy and research skills. Our LIB102 program embedded within English 102 courses is an example of this type of class, though there are other offerings including in online courses.
Librarians teach in webinars or provide content for Canvas to reach online students with a variety of information literacy needs.
In order to fulfill the information literacy plan, library instruction is focused through the ACRL Framework depending on student’s level.
|ACRL Frames||User Needs||Library Offerings|
|First Year, Freshman, Sophomore||3, 4, 6||
|In the Major, Junior, Senior||1-3, 5, 6||
|Graduate Students||1-3, 5, 6||
Workshop dates and times will be posted at least two weeks before the workshop takes place. Faculty should notify the librarian if they recommended their students attend and if any special accommodations should be made.
Assignment-based Research for Gateway Courses & New Grad Students sessions
Library Instruction Interns are graduate students in the School of Information. They are being mentored by Dominican Librarians and have taken the course Teaching in the Information Professions. Interns teach workshops, English 102 in the spring of their internship year, and some assignment-based research sessions.
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