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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.

What We Teach

Foundational/Discipline Specific Workshops (starting Fall 2019)

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:

  • Business Research
  • Education Research
  • Health Science Research (beginning)
  • Health Science Research (advanced)
  • Social Work Research

Assignment-based Research for Gateway Courses & New Grad Students

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.

Embedded Librarian Courses

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. 

Online-Specific Teaching

Librarians teach in webinars or provide content for Canvas to reach online students with a variety of information literacy needs.

Information Literacy Program at RCL: 

In order to fulfill the information literacy plan, library instruction is focused through the ACRL Framework depending on student’s level.

ACRL Frames:

  1. Authority is constructed and contextual
  2. Information creation as process
  3. Information has value
  4. Research as inquiry
  5. Scholarship as conversation
  6. Searching as strategic exploration

 

  ACRL Frames User Needs Library Offerings
First Year, Freshman, Sophomore 3, 4, 6
  • Establish baseline information literacy skills and familiarize students with fundamental information literacy concepts.
  • Generalized basic orientation to college and university-level libraries and library research.
  • Orientation to library space and services
  • Intro to College Level Research
  • Video tour of the library
  • Creating and developing a research question
  • The research process
  • Source evaluation (make informed choices)
  • Library scavenger hunt
  • Basic library database searching
  • Basic scholarship as conversation
  • Tutorials on how to use the library resources
  • Foundational/discipline specific workshops (beginning)
  • LIB 102 (embedded component of ENGL 102)
In the Major, Junior, Senior 1-3, 5, 6
  • Experience with College Level Research
  • Knowledge of multi-tool and multi-strategy research
  • Prep for IL after college
  • Advanced library database searching
  • Advanced source evaluation (determine authority within my discipline)
  • Scholarship as conversation
  • Advanced understanding of intellectual property and the research process
  • Tutorials on how to use specific library databases
  • Foundational/discipline specific workshops (beginning and advanced)
Graduate Students 1-3, 5, 6
  • Refresh concepts & skills
  • Sophisticated library research
  • Multi-tool and Multi-strategy
  • Prep for IL after university
  • Depending on the class, one or more of the offerings listed for undergraduates with advanced skills added on
  • Foundational/discipline specific workshops (beginning and advanced)

Library Instruction Policies

Foundational/Discipline Specific Workshops

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

Instructor Attendance

Course instructors must be present at library instruction sessions.  An instructor’s presence reinforces the importance of the session and enhances student student learning and motivation.  Instructors can also provide additional insight, and answer assignment-related questions.  

Scheduling

Sessions must be requested ten days in advance of preferred date.  This allows time for librarians and instructors to discuss the contents and goals of sessions, and for librarians to adequately prepare for sessions, especially during peak instruction times.

Location

Sessions at the main River Forest campus will be held in the Library computer classroom, Crown 111, whenever possible.  If Crown 111 is not available, library faculty will reserve another computer classroom on campus.  If a class meets regularly in a computer classroom, the session will be held in the regular classroom. Librarians can also bring a laptop cart (available by checkout through IT) to classrooms with a smartboard or projector.Sessions for classes that do not meet on the main campus will be taught at the usual class location.

Online Courses

Sessions for online classes will be taught online Adobe Connect or another online meeting tool. Instruction for asynchronous online courses will be recorded for access by students who cannot attend the live session.

Canvas

Please add library faculty to your course Canvas page so they can post resources for students and be available for questions after the class. For instructions please refer to the document below. 

Special needs

Be sure to let us know if any of your students have special needs that might affect their learning, access, or classroom dynamics along with any recommended modifications.

Meet the Library Instruction Interns

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.