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Western's Information Literacy Plan

After New Student Orientation Week, the student will:

  • Be familiar with the library staff.
  • Be familiar with the library building.
  • Be familiar with circulation (access) procedures.
  • Be familiar with available library services.
  • Know how to contact a librarian.

Method of Instruction:

Students visit the library during New Student Orientation as part of the Academic Resources "Block" of activities. These meetings take place the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the week before classes begin.

During the library portion of the block, students are introduced to the library staff and are able to discover our library building while doing fun activities. The purpose of the orientation is to introduce students to the library, library staff, and our services and resources that are available.

 

Scheduling:

These orientation sessions are scheduled internally by ARC and Library staff members.

After completing HWTR 100 (First Year Seminar), the student will be able to:

Method of Instruction:

HWTR 100 courses each have one library workshop in which students complete an activity in groups and then present what they have learned to rest of the class. Students investigate Western OneSearch, Savage Library's Catalog, Prospector, and Savage Library's Database Index. Topics are chosen by the librarian and will correspond with your course topic as best as possible.

 

Scheduling:

Please contact Renée Barney (rbarney@western.edu) in order to schedule library workshops. Please be aware that slots fill up fast, so try to schedule your workshops as early as possible. Thanks!

After completing COM 202, the student will be able to:

Method of Instruction:

The librarian presents a workshop 1-3 times during the semester, at strategic points in student learning. Also, one-on-one research consultations are available to students who would like extra help during the research process.

Example:

I may come to the classroom for 10 or 15 minutes in the first week of class to discuss methods & resources for discovering research topics. Then, the class could meet in the library classroom, with the librarian, at various times during the semester in order to discuss search strategies and resources for their research projects. Usually, these library workshops happen just before students begin the persuasion and policy portions of the COM 202 research project. One-on-one research consultations (between student and librarian) are an option throughout the semester to give students extra help in the research process.

 

Scheduling:

Please contact Renée Barney (rbarney@western.edu) in order to schedule library workshops. Please be aware that slots fill up fast, so try to schedule your workshops as early as possible. Thanks!

At graduation, the student will be able to:

Method of Instruction:

TBD.

Example:

In the ENVS program, I meet with students in ENVS 100, 200, 350, 360, AND 397. These workshops are specialized to investigate search strategies and resources that are most helpful in the environmental sciences and for advanced research projects.

 

Scheduling:

Please contact Renée Barney (rbarney@western.edu) to schedule workshops. It is best if we work together to determine which courses in the program would be the best fits for library instruction. Then, we can decide what skills to teach in each course so we are sure to cover all necessary skills at the appropriate times. There will always be some repetition, but we want to avoid having several identical workshops.

At the completion of a master's degree at Western, the student will be able to:

Method of Instruction:

A librarian has an orientation session with each graduate program during their residencies. We discuss search strategies and available resources, but we also include information about how to access library resources from anywhere in the world. We introduce the graduate cohorts to our Graduate & Online Students guide: http://libguides.western.edu/graduate-online

 

Scheduling:

Please contact Renée Barney (rbarney@western.edu) to schedule a graduate orientation session.

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Additional Library Instruction

If you feel your students, in any course, need a refresher or some extra library instruction, I am happy to conduct a library workshop at anytime. Just contact me to schedule a workshop and let me know what skills you feel we should cover.

 

Renée Barney

rbarney@western.edu

970-943-2898