Library Instruction Program Policies
Southworth Library Learning Commons faculty librarians offer formal library instruction to all classes conducted by SUNY Canton faculty.
In entry level and core courses, librarians teach basic library and research skills; in upper level courses, librarians focus on more advanced search strategies. Sessions are most effective when librarians and course instructors work collaboratively.
The Library Instruction Program has two major objectives:
1. Instruct students to locate and use information related to course assignments
2. Instruct information literacy and research competencies to instill life-long learning
According to the ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, an information literate individual is able to:
Faculty planning library instruction should consider the following policies:
After an instruction session has been scheduled, an instruction librarian will contact you to follow up or request additional information.
There are two instruction librarians at Southworth Library Learning Commons, one librarian for day sessions and another for sessions that occur in the evening. Rachel Santose (firstname.lastname@example.org) covers instruction from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Michael Magilligan (email@example.com) covers instruction after 2:00 pm. Rachel Santose covers all Friday instruction.
CLASSROOM USE GUIDELINES
The SL122 instruction classroom is reserved for library instruction during the fall and spring semesters. When not scheduled for instruction, it is an open lab for students. Consequently, it is unavailable for other uses, except through special permission from the Library Director.
When arriving to use the library instruction classroom, please proceed directly to room SL122 on the first floor of the library. Please arrive early and politely inform anyone using the room that they will need to relocate. Inform the staff working at the Help Desk of any problems with the technology.
Users are responsible and accountable for the cleanliness and order of the classroom following use.
The Southworth Library Learning Commons Instruction Classroom is equipped with the following:
Instruction librarians work with the course instructors to tailor instruction to class need. Instruction may take a variety of formats:
Assignment-Based Instruction (most common request)
Digital-Content Collaborative Instruction
*For more information on the digital-content, iPad-enabled instruction program, click here!
*To request an embedded librarian for one of your online courses, please contact the Director to discuss your needs!
Assessment is an important aspect of refining the instruction program at Southworth Library Learning Commons. Assessment is carried out both formally and informally, and faculty collaboration in developing appropriate assessments is welcome.
Statistics are maintained in the Southworth Library Learning Commons’ Dashboard, and include the name of the requesting faculty and course, date, time, location, and number of students in attendance.
A formal evaluation survey instrument is employed at the end of each instruction session.
Information assessment is made on personal remarks and observations. Any comments or observations are welcome.
Rachel Santose (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Michael Magilligan (email@example.com)
Michelle Currier (firstname.lastname@example.org)