Can you help my students get started on research?
Can you take a look at this research assignment and tell me if you think students will get what I want them to learn?
Can you meet with my students out of class?
Can you help my department think about what our students need to know about finding and using information in the major?
Can you fix this library thing that appears to be broken?
Can you help me find stuff I need for my research?
Can you tell me if this journal or publisher is legit?
Can you help me set up software to manage my citations?
What is RSS? Open access? Zotero? This new thing everyone is talking about?
Can I use or modify this thing, or will copyright lawyers come after me?
How do I know whether this use of a copyrighted thing is a fair use?
Do you know ways I can protect my privacy online?
I'm planning a sabbatical, and things have really changed since my last big project. Can you walk me through some of this new stuff?
Can I ask you something? . . .
The library partners with classroom faculty across all disciplines to help students develop sophisticated research skills. This partnership forms the core of our goals for student learning (pdf). We offer a variety of strategies, tips and proven methods for helping students develop sophisticated research skills (known in higher education & library circles as information literacy). We also want to do what we can to support your research and help you keep up, even at a college with limited resources and a focus on undergraduates.
image courtesy of Alfred Hermida
The library's support for student learning embraces classroom learning, individual consultations, the design of the library's physical and virtual spaces, and the curation and discovery of resources. We seek to develop students’ understanding of information: where it comes from, how it circulates, how it can be interpreted, and how it can be created. We foster students' disposition to inquire ethically and with an open mind in order to actively participate in the world as free human beings. Our teaching is a collaboration with faculty in all departments and programs. While this kind of learning occurs in courses and experiences across campus, the library faculty strives to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop a nuanced understanding of information.
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Information literacy means understanding how information in its many forms is produced and circulated, how to interrogate it critically, and how to create new meaning ethically and with integrity.
Inspired by the Association of College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.