Library instruction is vital to student success at the university as well as after graduation. Many students are overwhelmed by the wealth of information available to them and many are reluctant to ask for assistance. UIW's librarians teach students how to select and use library resources effectively. This is best done in a classroom setting with your assistance and participation.
Hart Research Associates fielded three surveys for the Association of American Colleges & Universities and each listed desired learning outcomes identified by employers for college graduates. "The ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources" or some variant is included in all three studies. Library instruction is designed to achieve that learning outcome.
(Please contact Leslie Todd if you would like copies of these studies.)
Faculty are encouraged to schedule library instruction sessions for their classes, particularly research intensive and capstone/senior seminar courses. Keep in mind:
There is no need to schedule instruction for Composition I or Composition II. These courses are pre-scheduled for library instruction.
The UIW Libraries' information literacy program serves students, faculty, and staff throughout the Incarnate Word community. The entire library staff is charged with developing information literacy skills through classroom instruction, one-on-one instruction, small group sessions, workshops, telephone, e-mail, pathfinders, guides, tutorials, and any other method that might be appropriate. As new methods of instruction and communication are developed, the library staff will explore those technologies and use/adapt them as best suits the needs of our users.
Librarians at the University of the Incarnate Word created an institution-specific definition in 2004: “An information literate person is a life-long learner who realizes when information is needed and has the ability to find, retrieve, evaluate, and ethically use information.”
UIW Main Campus:
Psychology and Sociology
Music and Copyright
Nursing and Math/Science/Engineering
All other undergraduate classes:
Graduate (main campus and EAP)
Extended Academic Programs
School of Physical Therapy
Rosenberg School of Optometry
School of Osteopathic Medicine
Feik School of Pharmacy
Dean of UIW Libraries