Highly qualified faculty librarians who hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science provide library instruction and reference services. Library instruction is provided in many formats, both for individual students and for classes/groups. Orientations and instructional presentations may be tailored for specific subject areas. Instructors from all disciplines are encouraged to request customized library instruction for their classes, especially those that contain research and writing assignments. Methods of instruction include lecture/demonstration, use of audio-visual materials, computerized adaptive instruction, and individual instruction. Contact any LLC Reference Desk for more information, or see https://guides.fscj.edu/locations/Appointment to request a library orientation online.
The LLC encourages faculty to schedule a library research orientation with their students, especially when there is an upcoming research paper or group project. During the orientation, the librarian will demonstrate student online access to LLC resources. Students will find the demonstration useful when expected to navigate our library catalog and databases for scholarly sources. In addition, students will learn how to find resources available outside of the FSCJ campus libraries, including on the Internet. If desired, instructors can also schedule a tour with the orientation. The research orientation to the paper or project can be tailored to meet the faculty member’s request. Contact your campus library or go online to complete an Orientation Request form.
In 2016, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) adopted The Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. The ACRL developed this framework to help librarians and faculty integrate core concepts of information literacy into student learning in a variety of disciplines. The updated version of information literacy standards emphasizes contextual understanding of information use and critical thinking. This is a shift from the previous ACRL standards from 2000, which were competency-based. Academic libraries refer to the ACRL Framework when developing information literacy instruction. The Framework’s core concepts are inter-connected, and in no particular order:
During library research orientations, the focus is on the concepts of Searching as Strategic Exploration and Information Has Value. The Library and Learning Commons would welcome collaboration with faculty to teach other concepts of the Framework. Please contact your campus librarian if interested.
FSCJ faculty librarians have developed a three-credit course that teaches students how to conduct research at the college level. Below is a brief outline of the course.
LIS1001: Introduction to College Research