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Library Resources and Services for Faculty: Research & Information Literacy Instruction

This guide provides information about Luria Library resources and services available to SBCC faculty.

Information Literacy Instruction

Luria Library faculty are experts in information literacy education and are available to support your and your students' information literacy development in a variety of ways. 

Contact Ellen Carey to discuss research and information literacy instruction and support for your class, or use the Library Research Instruction Menu to request a research workshop.

For more information about information literacy and the SBCC Information Competency (Area F) Degree Requirement, see the Information Literacy website.

Face-To-Face Research Workshops

We create customized research workshops for your course or for a particular assignment, held in the library or in your classroom. Research workshops range from a single brief (15-20 minute) introduction to library resources and services, to multiple full class sessions using active learning and hands-on research practice. A research guide or other online instruction may be used in conjunction with a research workshop.

You may request a workshop by contacting Ellen Carey or using the Library Research Instruction Menu anytime before your desired workshop date, but we are more likely to be able to accommodate your request with at least two weeks notice. 

Please note that the course instructor is expected to be present during all research workshops -- your active participation is welcome and is likely to benefit your students.

Research Assignment Development

We are available to collaborate with you in designing or revising research assignments and effectively integrating information literacy into your curriculum. Contact Ellen Carey for more information.

Online Research Guides

We can create a custom online research guide for your course. Research guides are designed to point students to the the library and internet resources that will be most useful for their particular assignment, and to serve as a reminder of the content covered during a face-to-face research workshop. We can also embed online tutorials into research guides, allowing us to use a flipped classroom approach in which students work through the tutorials in the guide before coming to a research workshop.

Online Tutorials

Online tutorials are designed to supplement or replace face-to-face instruction. The Luria Library's Tutorials webpage provides links to a variety of online tutorials related to research and information literacy, arranged according to particular skills. For more comprehensive online information literacy instruction, structured around key information literacy concepts, see the detailed information on this page about the Research And Information Literacy (RAIL) Modules

Research And Information Literacy (RAIL) Modules

icon with letter i inside a circleThe SBCC Luria Library’s Research And Information Literacy Modules are a collection of lessons and activities designed to give students a foundation in information literacy and critical thinking. Students will learn both concepts and practical skills related to the creation, discovery, evaluation, and use of information, and will examine social, cultural, economic, and political issues that influence information. The Modules are based on the Luria Library Program Student Learning Outcomes.

Each of the ten modules focuses on a “Big Idea” about information and includes “Big Questions” for students to consider as they learn more about the Big Idea covered in that module. Completing each entire module will help students to develop their critical thinking skills as they explore ideas and concepts about research and information that they may not have considered before.

Each module includes videos, tutorials, and quizzes. Faculty may copy entire modules into their courses, or use any video, tutorial, or quiz individually. Once you've assigned the total possible points to the quizzes, they are graded automatically and linked to the Canvas Gradebook for your course. 

Using the RAIL Modules

The Research And Information Literacy (RAIL) Modules Instructions for Faculty provide detailed instructions for importing the Modules into your course in Canvas. If you would like to use the RAIL Modules content outside of Canvas, contact Ellen Carey to discuss your options, or direct students to the Luria Library Tutorials webpage, which provides links to a variety of online tutorials related to research and information literacy, arranged according to particular skills.

Library 101

Library faculty teach multiple sections of Library 101, the online, one-credit course that meets the college's Information Competency Requirement

Information Literacy Standards

banner with the text "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education"In the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, the Association of College and Research Libraries defines information literacy as "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." 

The Luria Library Program Student Learning Outcomes (updated Fall 2017) are based on the threshold concepts identified in the Framework for Information Literacy:

  1. How Information Literacy Is Defined and How Novices Become Experts
    Students will recognize themselves as active participants in the process of discovering, evaluating, using, and creating information within information communities, and will identify the assistance available to them during that process.
  2. How Information Is Created and What Determines Credibility
    Students will apply knowledge of different types of sources and their creation processes, and knowledge of authority and credibility, to analyze others’ claims and to select appropriate sources for specific information needs.
  3. How Information is Valued and How Power Influences Information
    Students will identify the rights and responsibilities of information use and creation; will analyze the power structures and other social factors affecting how information and misinformation may be shared or suppressed; and will demonstrate academic honesty and ethical use of information.
  4. How Information is Organized and How To Find The Best Information
    Students will apply knowledge of the varied ways information may be organized to develop effective search strategies, and to conduct, evaluate, and revise searches in order to achieve relevant results.
  5. Research Involves Asking Questions and Communication Builds Knowledge
    Students will analyze the elements and characteristics of the research process and the processes of scholarly communication and knowledge building.