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Integrating the Library into your Courses & Blackboard: Information Literacy Instruction

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Information Literacy Instruction

Faculty Librarian Collaboration

With the vast array of growing information each year, it has become vital that students develop comprehensive information literacy skills in order to become lifelong learners.  This is where librarians can aid you in educating Alvernia's students.

Librarians welcome the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to incorporate information literacy skills into their existing courses.  We are available to meet with your classes to work with students in exploring library resources, developing search strategies, and thinking critically about how to approach information needs.  This can take the form of one or more instruction sessions, developing class assignments, or team teaching.

Information literacy sessions are most effective when scheduled to coincide with a time in which students are beginning to work on an assignment.

What can librarians teach your students?

  • Developing a topic for their paper or project

  • Evaluating information for credibility, including websites and other online sources

  • Using databases effectively - developing search strategies and using specialized functions

  • Keyword searching vs. subject searching

  • Expert Google searching - using both Google Scholar and Google web searches

  • The information cycle, including the peer review process

  • Wikipedia - why they shouldn't cite it & how to use it as a tool in their research

  • RefWorks - our subscription citation management system

How do I schedule an Information Literacy Session for my class?

Contact one of the Reference and Instruction Librarians to discuss your interest in incorporating information literacy skills in your course.

Dr. Frank A. Franco Library Learning Center

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Alvernia Library
Dr. Frank A. Franco Library Learning Center
Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine St.
Reading, PA 19607