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FACULTY: LIBRARY INSTRUCTION

WHAT IS LIBRARY INSTRUCTION?

LSC-CyFair library faculty teach your students how to develop information literacy skills that meet your course learning outcomes.

Our goals include:

  • Teaching students how to navigate the library

  • Assisting students with the research process using both online and print sources

  • Developing students' critical thinking skills in selecting and evaluating information

  • Emphasizing the value of information through academic integrity

  • Guiding ethical use of information through use of citations and other best practices

  • Incorporating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into learning outcomes for library instruction projects

Librarians are faculty with knowledge and experience of different pedagogical approaches, active learning, backwards design, and classroom management. We relish the opportunity to work with teaching faculty as full partners in the classroom. 

Contact the Instruction Librarian to learn more about how we can collaborate with you.

SCHEDULING LIBRARY INSTRUCTION

Face-to-face library instruction is limited in fall 2020, but we have synchronous and asynchronous options available for online teaching.

Synchronous online library instruction

To request a synchronous online class with a librarian, fill out the Online Course Support Request Form

Select the option for 'Online synchronous library instruction session (held via WebEx Meetings)'. 

 Requests must be placed at least 1 week in advance before the desired class date. This gives us time to find an available librarian, and gives your librarian time to communicate with you and plan a class tailored to your students' needs. If you submit an instruction request with a date less than 1 week in advance, we will ask you to resubmit with a new date.

Asynchronous online library instruction

LSC-CyFair librarians have developed a number of videos, research guides, and tutorials to teach students how to use library resources and develop information literacy skills.

We invite you to link and embed these resources in D2L:

Face-to-face library instruction

If you are teaching a face-to-face or hybrid class and would like to schedule library instruction, fill out the Library Instruction Request Form.

We will not be able to hold library instruction classes in the library's computer lab, LRNC 105: there is no way to safely practice social distancing in that room.

If you teach in a classroom that has been set up for social distancing, a librarian will come to your room. If the room does not have computers, please encourage students to bring their own devices to class.  

 Requests must be placed at least 1 week in advance before the desired class date. This gives us time to find an available librarian, and gives your librarian time to communicate with you and plan a class tailored to your students' needs. If you submit an instruction request with a date less than 1 week in advance, we will ask you to resubmit with a new date.

ACRL FRAMEWORK FOR INFORMATION LITERACY

The guiding document for teaching information literacy in higher education is the Association of College & Research Libraries' (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The ideas underpinning the Framework are metacognition and threshold concepts

Metacognition is thinking and reflecting on your own learning. In the Framework, students are recognized as both content creators and consumers and are encouraged to think about their information behaviors through both lenses. 

There are six threshold concepts in the Framework. Libraries, institutions of higher education, and disciplines may determine other threshold concepts that are central to information use in their field. 

The six threshold concepts are:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  • Information Has Value

  • Information Creation as a Process

  • Research as Inquiry

  • Scholarship as Conversation

  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

Each concept is defined and described by how novice and expert learners engage with that concept. Each threshold concept includes knowledge practices and dispositions that can be measured by learners who have grasped that concept.

Librarians and faculty can collaborate to create student learning outcomes based on threshold concepts, knowledge practices, and dispositions as a basis for information literacy instruction sessions, active learning activities, and custom learning objects.  

  The LSC-CyFair Library building is closed until further notice.

  Online References Services are available while we're closed.

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Harris County Public Library

Lone Star College-CyFair Branch

9191 Barker Cypress Road

Cypress, TX 77433

281.290.3214 - Reference Desk, 1st floor

281.290.3219 - Reference Desk, 2nd floor

CyFairLibrary@LoneStar.edu

LoneStar.edu/library/cyfair.htm