Learning Outcomes For Library Instruction

The Library's College Services and Instruction Task Force developed the following learning outcomes for library instruction. These learning objectives may be tailored to meet the needs of any particular group. These objectives are based on the CSU Ten Basic Information Competency Skills. (Please note that items 6, 7, 9, and 10 do not generally related to library instruction.)
  1. Define the research topic.
    1. Formulating a research question.
    2. Selecting, refining/narrowing, a topic.
    3. Selecting search terms (keywords).

  2. Determine the information requirements for the research question.
    1. Steps of the library research process.
    2. Controlled vocabulary (e.g. descriptors, subject headings).
    3. Selecting appropriate sources (print and/or electronic).

  3. Locate and retrieve relevant information.
    1. Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.
    2. Refine vocabulary terms used.
    3. How to differentiate between popular magazines and scholarly journals and why this is important.
    4. How to differentiate between an electronic database and a web site and why this is important.
    5. How to use the library catalog (author/title/keyword/subject restrictions).
    6. How to read a call number.
    7. How to read a citation (including the components of a citation).
    8. How to systematically gather information.
    9. Borrowing privileges at this library.
    10. ILL.
    11. Reserves.
    12. Library locations.

  4. Use the technological tools for accessing information.
    1. Accessing the library databases from home.
    2. Network/E-mail accounts.
    3. Emailing, printing, downloading.

  5. Evaluate information.
    1. Critical thinking.
    2. Critical evaluation of information found on the WWW.

  6. Organize and synthesize information. [not generally related to library instruction]

  7. Communicate using a variety of information technologies (creating web pages, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets). [not generally related to library instruction]

  8. Understand the ethical, legal, socio-political issues surrounding information and Information technology.
    1. Plagiarism.
    2. Copyright.

  9. Use, evaluate, and treat critically information received from the mass media. [not generally related to library instruction]

  10. Judge the product and the process. [not generally related to library instruction]
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