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SDSU Library Instruction Mission, Goals, and PLOs

Approved Fall 2020

SDSU Library Instruction Program Mission

The SDSU Library Instruction Program furthers SDSU’s mission of research-oriented high-quality education and student success initiatives. The SDSU Library Instruction Curriculum is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with information literacies and other meta-literacies. SDSU Library instruction strives to transform users into independent researchers, and provides the research capacities necessary to support lifelong learning that prepares students to navigate an information-rich 21st century and impact the future of the San Diego region and the world.

The Library Instruction Program scaffolds information literacy thoughtfully throughout a student’s college experience by increasing coordination and collaboration among librarians and by growing our partnerships with campus and the community.

Goal of Library Instruction

The goal of library instruction is to teach students to seek, analyze, contextualize, and incorporate information to enrich their understanding of the world. Students who graduate from SDSU will apply these skills to be thoughtful Consumers, Creators, Evaluators, Explorers, and Engaged Professional Specialists.

The Library Instruction Programmatic Learning Objectives (PLOs) map directly to the SDSU Institutional Learning Outcome:

  1. Seek, analyze, contextualize, and incorporate information to expressly enrich understanding of the world. (WASC Information Literacy)

In addition, the PLOs are mapped to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy.

Library Instruction Programmatic Learning Objectives

  • SEEK: Students will craft purposeful research strategies that allow them to effectively discover information that speaks to their research questions and flexibly apply these strategies in a variety of information seeking contexts.
    • ACRL Frames: Research as Inquiry, Searching as Strategic Exploration
  • ANALYZE: Students will learn to recognize bias, distinguish expertise and authority, and critically appraise the appropriateness of sources of information relevant to their research needs.
    • ACRL Frames: Authority is Constructed and Contextual, Scholarship as Conversation
  • CONTEXTUALIZE: Students will build professional and scholarly expertise in their field of study and will be able to identify the information channels, authoritative sources and research techniques of their field and how that fits into the larger information economy/ecosystem.
    • ACRL Frames: Authority is Constructed and Contextual, Information has Value, Scholarship as Conversation
  • INCORPORATE: Students will develop their own expertise by articulating and sharing their ideas through synthesizing and citing/attributing the sources/ideas they discover and select.
    • ACRL Frames: Information Creation as a Process, Information has Value, Scholarship as Conversation

Standards and Framework from Professional Library Organizations:

About Library Instruction

The Library and Information Access at SDSU offers a wide range of instruction and tours, from basic orientation through highly specialized research guidance. Library instruction focuses on developing students' ability to think critically and effectively find the information they seek. Instruction sessions are designed to fit the specific needs, objectives, and timeframe of the course, and librarians work closely with the teaching faculty to develop the session.

To Schedule as Library Session

Use the Request Library Instruction online form or contact a subject specialist. To avoid scheduling conflicts, please request instruction sessions as far in advance as possible and at least two weeks prior to the class.

Librarians provide formal assignment specific instructional sessions to class groups. Sessions range from short introductions to multi-hour workshops depending on the needs of the professor. Specialized classes can occur over subsequent weeks to permit students to work between sessions. Library instruction is most effective when an assignment is affiliated with the session and instruction is close to the time when the students will be doing the research.

Librarian-led Instruction can be provided in either of the Library's two electronic classrooms. LA76 has 40 student workstations, LA 78 has 38 student workstations. Larger classes can be accommodated in LL430 and 431 with 50 laptops. Map of Library

Assignment Planning & Design

Librarians are available to meet with teaching faculty who are designing or revising library-related assignments. This collaboration helps to generate assignments which refer to the best possible sources, and also permits us make arrangements within the library to accommodate the needs of the assignment. Combining library instruction sessions with realistic assignments improves retention.

Research Guides & Course Support Pages

The Library's Research Guides cover a wide variety of subject areas and direct students to appropriate resources for their topic. Teaching faculty may request we create Course Support Guides on specific topics. Contact your subject specialist to discuss this option.

For additional information contact:

Zoe Jarocki
Undergraduate Success Librarian
zjarocki AT sdsu DOT edu