Library Instruction Program
The continuing evolution of information technology brings with it an unprecedented increase in research materials and media access, but learning to deal with all the wonderful new materials can sometimes be confusing and time-consuming.
The BSC librarians are eager to work with faculty and students to make negotiating this new world of research easier. More than that, our librarians want to help our students learn and apply the "old-school" skills of evaluation, imagination, discovery, and analysis that will enable them to become far better researchers.
Our librarians are available to teach course-integrated instruction sessions that directly address library resources and research techniques for specific classes. We teach students to effectively and efficiently locate and evaluate information sources. This follows the library's goals of educating students to find, analyze, and use information effectively (in accordance with nationwide Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Standards).
Scheduling an Instruction Session
Faculty should contact us to request a library instruction session, preferably at least one week in advance. Classes can be held in the library's Electronic Classroom, or we can come to your classroom. Library instruction classes need not take up an entire class period; we tailor our sessions to fit your needs.
To request an instruction session, contact your area liaison, or simply call (205-226-4749) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) us.
In addition, the BSC librarians have developed Research Guides for subject areas and for specific classes that are often used in instruction sessions. The guides can help students identify the major resources in specific subject areas and address many of the typical questions researchers have. We welcome your suggestions for specific guide topics.
Objectives of BSC Library Instruction
The instructional objectives of the BSC Library Instruction are grouped into five ability components based on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Standards. The information literate student should be able to:
determine the nature and extent of the information needed,
access needed information effectively and efficiently,
evaluate information and its sources critically,
use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, and
use information ethically and legally.
Outcomes for Specific Library Instruction
Some of the typical educational outcomes are listed below. These may be modified for specific classes. Students who participate in BSC Library Instruction will be able to:
identify the characteristics of peer-reviewed, scholarly, and popular sources,
locate and use the library's resources through its website (e.g. eJournals, Research Guides, Interlibrary Loan, Discovery Systems, etc.),
identify the elements of a citation,
identify characteristics of sources based on information from citations (e.g., journals, books, chapters, etc.),
interpret the effects of different Boolean search strategies,
identify multiple strategies for creating follow-up searches,
evaluate the appropriateness of research items found, and
locate and use information on corrent citation practices.