Instruction and Research ServicesLibrary instruction

The goal of our Instruction and Research Services is to expose the user to best practices in research, whatever the discipline.  We practice and promote the Information Literacy concepts outlined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Teaching students to master the resources of the field is a very important part of the work of a “Subject Librarian” (subject specialist librarian). All you have to do is contact your Subject Librarian or Lorraine Wochna to begin discussing how we can help.


  • Assignment based library research sessions conducted in a computer lab
  • Using Subject & Course Guides as a teaching tool
  • Supplementing with videos
  • handouts

The Basic Concepts of Information Literacy

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

(ACRL Information Literacy and Competency Standards)