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Librarians offer customized information literacy sessions geared towards teaching students how to locate, evaluate, use, and produce information effectively
As educational partners, teaching librarians customize each information literacy session to the specific needs and culture of your class and students. The following guidelines help ensure we create effective learning experiences:
- Contact us at least two weeks before you’d like an instruction session. Requests after the two-week mark will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- We strongly encourage you to be present for each instruction session. In our experience students are more engaged and have a more meaningful time in a library session when you are present. (Plus, we’ve had faculty tell us how much they learned about library resources and services, too!)
- Since our instruction is tailored to each individual course and assignment, we will need information about your class to help us determine the best content and instruction approach.
- We will ask you to share your syllabus and/or a description of the primary assignment for the course with the goal of preparing a library session that will assist your students in successfully fulfilling the components of that assignment.
- We will ask you to share your learning objectives for the instruction session. If you don’t have them formalized, we will work with you to formulate relevant goals and learning activities.
- We will ask you about the culture of your classroom. Do you often have group activities? Discussions? Opportunities for written or individual reflection?
- Do any students in your class have any special needs requiring accommodation?
The Claremont Colleges Library demonstrates its commitment to empowering confident, critical, and creative information users and producers through the promotion of information literacy–the ability to locate, evaluate, use, and produce information effectively. TCCL’s instruction program is committed to helping students develop critical research Habits of Mind by working in partnership with teaching faculty, departments, and programs in all seven Claremont Colleges. Our teaching librarians are learner-centered, incorporating a variety of pedagogical approaches and techniques. Well-timed library instruction integrated into the curriculum provides students the opportunity to use information skills in relevant and impactful ways. We strive to provide learning opportunities at the most effective points in a student’s educational career, where our librarians’ expertise can have the greatest impact on student success.