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Information Literacy

Overview

Information literacy is a statewide general learning outcome. The library faculty is poised to assist you in helping your students achieve success with this outcome.

We have worked with numerous departments to create research assignments or activities that gauge information literacy skills. We also have an information literacy assessment tool that we can share with you.

Information literacy enhances the pursuit of knowledge at the College by preparing students to think critically and use information for their academic, professional and personal lives. The information literate individual can recognize the need for information, can locate it using a variety of media and technologies, and can evaluate information in order to use it effectively. Information literate students have the flexibility to take these skills from their formal education and use them throughout life as citizens and professionals and as a means toward continued learning.

For Credit Courses

A series of one credit classes is available to assist students in learning how to do online research. These college credit courses teach the important mechanisms of sorting through the information maze by emphasizing access to books, library holdings, magazines, and the Internet. These classes are also available through distance education.

  • LIS 1002  Introduction to Electronic Access to Information
  • LIS 2005 Advanced Electronic Access to Information (3 credits)
  • LIS 2004 Introduction to Internet Research

Classroom Information Literacy Instruction

Librarians are available to assist with library and research instruction in classes at the faculty's request. The librarians will base their sessions on the curriculum in the class. Arrangements can be made for in-library group instruction at any IRSC facility during class hours. These in-library instruction sessions are typically held in a computer lab for hands-on assistance, but can also be held in an instructor's classroom with iPads, if appropriate advanced notice is given. 

Information literacy is a statewide general learning outcome. The library faculty is poised to assist you in helping your students achieve success with this outcome. 

The library has worked with numerous departments to create research assignments or activities that can effectively gauge information literacy skills. The library assesses instruction for teaching effectiveness and student skills retention. 

To request library instruction, submit a request at http://irsc.libguides.com/formsandsurveys. Complete the instruction request form, and please allow at least 48 hours notice for any instruction requests. 

 

Outreach Library Service

The library faculty provides outreach library services to the Okeechobee and  Chastain campuses. If you require instructional sessions, individual research  sessions, or other library related activities, please contact the reference librarians on Main Campus.

Acquisition of Library Resources

Books, databases, magazines, journals, and media in any format will be considered for purchase by the library. The library endeavors to meet the diversified learning needs  of students and the instructional needs of faculty. We welcome and encourage faculty evaluation on the adequacy of library material in all disciplines.

Request Procedure

  1. To request the purchase of a book or media, please contact an IRSC Librarian. Contact information is available at http://irsc.libguides.com/contactus
  2. To  request  a  periodical/journal  subscription,  please  submit  the  request  to the Administrative Director  of Learning Resources (extension 7590) or adelnkey@irsc.edu.

Reference and Research Requests

For help in answering specific questions, finding materials, using the online catalog, and other research tools, please contact the library staff by phone, email, or in-person. The library faculty can provide research assistance for your special College projects. Faculty may also request appointments with library faculty to learn more about the library resources, to learn how to utilize specific databases, and more.