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What faculty need to know about library instruction/information literacy

Library Instruction & More

For more information on co-curricular programming and instruction please see the For Faculty LibGuide.

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Is Library Instruction Important?

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.) 

Library Instruction - Scheduling Sessions for Your Classes

Faculty are encouraged to schedule library instruction sessions for their classes, particularly research intensive and capstone/senior seminar courses.  Keep in mind:

  • Schedule sessions at least one week in advance
  • If possible, library instruction takes place in the library's computer classroom (Library 230)
  • Timing - sessions work best at students' point of need
  • The most effective sessions are designed around a specific research need
  • Provide a copy of your assignment
  • Your attendance at the session is required
  • We can design a research guide for your class

There is no need to schedule instruction for Composition I or Composition II.  These courses are pre-scheduled for library instruction. 

Information Literacy Program Mission Statement

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.

Information Literacy Defined

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.”

Instruction Librarians

UIW Main Campus:


  • Paul Anderson, 210-832-2119,

Psychology and Sociology

  • Erin Cassity, 210-283-6316,

Music and Copyright

  • Farhad Moshiri, 210-829-3842,

Nursing and Math/Science/Engineering

  • Dell Davis, 210-829-6054,

All other undergraduate classes:

  • Leslie Todd, 210-829-3841,

Graduate (main campus and EAP)


Extended Academic Programs

  • Erin Cassity, 210-283-6316,

Professional Schools:

School of Physical Therapy

  • Rebecca Dillen, 210-283-6920,

Rosenberg School of Optometry

  • Dede Rios, 210-930-8688,

School of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Yumi Yaguchi, 210-619-7039,

Feik School of Pharmacy

  • Linda Levy, 210-883-1121,


Dean of UIW Libraries

  • Tracey Mendoza, 210-829-3837,

Information Literacy Coordinator

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