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Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ Library Information: Instruction

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Information Literacy instruction offers group sessions on a variety of topics related to finding, using, and documenting information. Our instruction team tailors the content of each session to the assignment and level of the class.We routinely instruction English 111/112 classes to introduce them to the digital and physical resources the Library provides. Upper-level and graduate classes often come for more refined instruction related to the disciplinary needs of the course. Each class has a research guide (LibGuide) created for its specific needs.

Instructors can request an information literacy class by clicking HERE or by going to the Library home page and choosing Services for Faculty.

First Year Writing

The COVID 19 Pandemic came to Western New York in the early Spring of 2020. By mid-March the College closed the campus, and all classes were completed remotely, severely impacting the number of students given direct instruction in Information Literacy. The library and campus reopened for the Fall 2020 semester, though classes continued to be held remotely. Spring 2021 most classes continued remotely, though there were students physically present on campus. Starting Fall 2021, the College plans to be fully open with a majority of classes being held in person. 

Information Literacy is "the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.” (American Library Association 2018)

Guiding students through the appropriate levels of information literacy is the shared responsibility of the Core Curriculum and the majors.

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

  • Research As Inquiry
  • Search As Strategic Exploration
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Information Creation As A Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual