Nunez Library's program of information literacy instruction is designed to introduce students to basic sources and search strategies needed for effective use of information resources in their classes and for life-long learning. The presentations are taught by reference librarians. The library offers two main types of instruction: library instruction modules for general knowledge and custom-designed presentations for a particular class.
All instructors are encouraged to incorporate modules, presentations, and assignments that develop information literacy into their courses. The reference librarians are available to assist in developing an effective information literacy component, including class assignments that enhance course objectives while teaching library skills. All classes are welcome.
Currently there are five library instruction modules available: Basic, Catalog, Citation, Database and Web. These are designed as general overviews of the topics. Instructors may require attendance at certain modules in order to assure effective completion of course assignments and/or prior to bringing the class for a subject-specific library instruction session. Students attending modules receive a signed and stamped passport verifying attendance. Students need to attend a required module only once until it expires. Modules are taught at a variety of times throughout the semester, generally in the Library Instruction room (AST 1-105). Each training session fits within a standard 50-minute class period.
The Basic Module provides general information about the library, emphasizing the many services offered and the staff that is available to assist in using them. A tour of the first floor of the library is part of this module. Credit for attending this module never expires.
The Catalog Module introduces the online catalog, which shows the books and other materials that Nunez Library owns. Various formats, locations and using electronic books are covered. Attendance at this module is good for two years. (If taken in Spring 2004 it is good through Fall 2005.)
The Citation Module emphasizes the importance of properly citing references. Students are given examples of when citations are needed and introduced to various citation methods. Credit for attending this module never expires.
The Database Module covers general search and retrieval strategies for the proprietary databases (containing periodical and reference information) by demonstrating on EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier. Off-campus access and an overview of all the databases are included. Attendance at this module is good for two years. (If taken in Spring 2004 it is good through Fall 2005.)
The Web Module discusses how to efficiently find appropriate information using the Internet. Types of domains and search engines are demonstrated. Attendance at this module is good for two years. (If taken in Spring 2004 it is good through Fall 2005.)
Presentations to a specific class are most effective when tied to a course outcome. Instructors are encouraged to discuss assignments with a reference librarian who will tailor the presentation to meet those needs.
Classes should be scheduled with the library instructor at least one week in advance to allow appropriate preparation time. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to attend with their students. Team teaching is extremely effective.
To schedule a library orientation session or discuss other aspects of information literacy, contact Lisa Muilenburg or Richard Defoe at 504-680-2602.