Library instruction is a class session conducted by a librarian to help your students learn how to locate and interact with information in a meaningful way. The goal of library instruction is to nurture students' curiosity and build their awareness of the social and intellectual issues surrounding information. Library instruction is not a library orientation, overview, or tour.
The American Library Association defines information literacy as the ability "to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information... Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand."
Any kind of class can engage in library instruction, but classes focused on research, writing, or those with a major research project are especially suited to library instruction. If you're interested in library instruction but not sure how it fits into your class, contact a librarian! We'd be happy to discuss how to best integrate library instruction into your class.
To request instruction, fill out an instruction request form.
While research often entails learning specific skills and methodologies, students should also be trained to think about higher-order concepts relating to information and their use of it.
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has established a framework of core concepts about information, research, and scholarship that students should encounter during their college education so that they obtain "research maturity" prior to graduation:
The Framework gives us the opportunity to think about how and what we teaching. Park's librarians welcome conversation with faculty about these concepts and how they can transform library instruction sessions, assignments, and courses.