The SSU Library provides instruction sessions designed to teach information competencies to students. Sessions are tailored to the needs of each course and students.
The most effective instruction occurs when these sessions are linked to a well-defined assignment and offered at the time when the students are working on that assignment.
Faculty can request formal instructional sessions for their classes from a subject specialist librarian. The library's instructional classrooms may be reserved only by Library Administration or by the librarians who use it for instructional purposes.
Integrating information literacy into a course can:
Reduce student research anxiety
Foster lifelong critical thinking skills
Introduce key concepts necessary for academic success across the curriculum
Improve the quality of student work by demystifying the research process and making their search process more efficient (allowing for time for deeper analysis and understanding and more thoughtful expression)
Possible Components of an Instruction Session
Developing and refining a topic (concept mapping)
Searching for books and eBooks
Searching for full text scholarly articles (library databases)
Reading scholarly articles
Types of sources (primary, government, etc.)
Structuring an effective search
Specialized databases for specific research fields/topics