Improve the Quality of Student Research
When students learn information literacy skills the quality of their work improves. Research demonstrates the students earn higher grades on their course work after receiving library instruction (Shao & Purpur 2016; Squibb 2016; Bowles-Terry 2012).
Develop Students’ Critical Thinking Skills
Evaluating the quality of the information they find is a novel and complex concept for the majority of college students. Library instruction can show them how to use critical thinking skills to evaluate their sources (Seeber 2015).
Combat Information Overload
The ubiquity of data and sources in the Information Age can prohibit students from using information effectively. This information overload complicates the information searching process. Library instruction has been shown to aid students in making the best use of their time and finding the information they need (Blummer & Kenton 2014).
Reduce Research Anxiety
Library research is a primary academic fear among traditional and non-traditional college students, and library instruction has been shown to reduce the anxiety (Fleming-May, Mays & Radom 2015; Bell 2011; Cooke 2010).
Eliminate Barriers to Requesting Help
Students who are familiar with the Library and their Librarians are more comfortable asking for help.
Assist Faculty/Students With Technology Needs
Have you ever wanted to try something new but were worried about the technology? The library is available to help you plan, test, and be there to support you and your students during the lesson.
Library instruction can take a variety of forms, depending on a class’ needs. (Make sure to also look at the À La Carte Information Literacy Instruction Menu at the bottom of this box.) Here are some instruction options:
***Work with a Librarian to tailor instruction to your classes needs***