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Welcome to the Library Instruction and Information Literacy website! 

This site provides access to the resources available through our program to compliment your course curriculum.  Library Instruction is a continual partnership between classroom and library faculty to promote information literacy and lifelong learning.


The Team

           Lee Young           Christy Driscoll Hillery Gernhauser     
  Madhukar Thangada              Ahmar Ursani Bill Weidler            


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Click here to view the Instruction Calendar.


Mission Statement

The Library Instruction and Information Literacy Program's mission is to provide opportunities for introducing users to the facilities, organization, resources, and services of Lovejoy LibraryWe collaborate with classroom faculty to accomplish the primary mission of the University: to ensure students develop information literacy skills, attitudes, and knowledge to become efficient and effective users and producers of information.

We accomplish our mission by: 1) fostering information literacy skills; 2) supporting faculty by providing their students with research skills needed to successfully complete specific assignments and coursework; and 3) fostering campus productivity by making faculty and staff aware of information resources and providing information literacy sessions in the use of those resources.


Teaching Philosophy

The  Library Instruction program supports the learning needs of students as well as the teaching and research needs of faculty and staff. The program is designed to provide skills necessary to recognize an information need; understand information formats and structures so that information can be effectively located and retrieved; and criteria to evaluate information for reliability and accuracy. Furthermore, the program aims to prepare students with transferable skills that can be applied to academic, career, and lifelong learning pursuits.

The Information Literacy Competency Standards promote the framework for program development and instructional goals and objectives.  Activities in the teaching and understanding of information literacy are provided.  Library users will learn to find, locate, retrieve, evaluate, use, and value information resources through learner-centered instructional programs, initiatives, and materials.  The Program provides independent, individual, and group instruction through point-of-use, course-integrated, web-based, and  workshop sessions.



Library Instruction Learning Objectives include:

  • Become familiar with library facilities, organization, resources, and services.
  • Learn how to find books, periodical articles, and other resources.
  • Understand the basics of doing library research.
  • Learn how to find and evaluate information on the Internet.
  • Understand that further help is available through contacting the Information Desk and/or the subject librarians.

Specific Course Objectives include helping users to accomplish the following:

  • Analyze a topic and identify key concepts.
  • Formulate a successful search strategy.
  • Understand and use controlled vocabulary and thesauri.
  • Select and use appropriate print and electronic research tools for their particular assignment/discipline.
  • Critically evaluate sources regarding their relevancy, authority, accuracy, objectivity, content, and currency.
  • Integrate these information literacy concepts and skills into their academic experience and apply them to a field of study.

Director of Research Commons & Outreach Services

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Lydia Jackson
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1st FL, Room 1053
(618) 650-2604
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Your Librarian

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Jamie Conklin
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Lovejoy Library, Office 3015

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