The library instruction program contributes to the mission and curriculum of the College through course-integrated library instruction classes. Librarians, in partnership with classroom faculty, teach students the information literacy skills they need to attain their academic goals and become lifelong learners.
When Lafayette’s faculty voted to approve the new CCS in May 2011, four information literacy outcomes were formally adopted. These outcomes will be incorporated into the FYS courses, and “students will make further progress toward these outcomes in other courses in the CCS and their major.” The library’s instruction program therefore has two core levels, one designed for First-Year Seminars and introductory courses and a second level designed for specialized or advanced coursework in majors and minors. As a complement to the structured program, librarians provide instruction during personalized research assistance (“PRA”) appointments with students.
All first-year students will be introduced to the Lafayette Libraries and their basic resources, develop an understanding of the types of sources appropriate for college level research, and learn strategies for managing the library research process.
In a minimum of two class periods, student will learn:
Building upon the library research skills they have developed through the First Year Seminars, students in introductory level courses will learn:
Students working in their major or minor will be introduced to specialized resources in a field of study and gain advanced understanding of the scholarly communication process. They will learn: