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INFORMATION LITERACY INSTRUCTION AT THE USC LIBRARIES

The USC Libraries offers course-integrated information literacy workshops where learning outcomes are tailored specifically to the research needs of each classes’ project at the time of the session. Our workshop model provides instructors with the option of collaborating with librarians across multiple modalities, including in-person workshops in the instructor’s classroom or online instruction through the requesting instructor’s preferred online platform (e.g., Blackboard, Zoom).

Use the form below to request course-integrated instruction.

If you would like a workshop outside of a course (for example, for a student group), please use the Request a Workshop page. If you would like to request instruction from Special Collections, please visit their page.

To allow library instructors sufficient time to tailor instructional design methods and lesson plans to the needs of each class, we ask that faculty request research workshops at least seven business days in advance of the preferred session date. When requesting sessions, please allow time for our scheduler to connect each session with the appropriate library instructor.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of each workshop, the USC Libraries recommends the following Best Practices for Scheduling Information Literacy Instruction:

  • Information literacy instruction is most successful when the research workshop is organized specifically around a research context (e.g., assignment) with which students are familiar. Having a context for research increases motivation and retention.
  • Information literacy instruction is most successful when the library instructor and course instructor discuss the context of the course and assignment, and define the research needs and learning outcomes of students.
  • Information literacy instruction is most successful when the session is organized around a limited number of learning outcomes. This maximizes engagement and avoids cognitive overload for students.

 

For questions about information literacy at the USC Libraries, please contact Library Instruction at libinstr@usc.edu