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.
Our most popular type of class involves preparing students for 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. Assignment-based research sessions are useful to students of all levels; student skill-level is taken into consideration when planning the class.
Students entering their major coursework and graduate students have unique needs related to research. In these classes we work with students to orient them to discipline or profession specific resources and conventions. While these classes may be tied to research assignment it is not a requirement. These can be short sessions of about 20 minutes or an entire class period based on need and time constraints.
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.
Student workshops are offered throughout the semester and are open to all students across colleges and levels.
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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