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For Faculty

Spring 2021 - Online Instruction During Covid-19

All library instruction during the Spring 2021 semester will be conducted online. Synchronous and asynchronous options are available depending on your course and needs. Work with your subject librarian directly for more details and research options.

Library Instruction Services

The CSUB Library offers library instruction to students, staff, faculty, and the community. Types of instruction include:

Library Orientations
Designed to familiarize library users with the Walter W. Stiern Library, library orientations acquaint students with our collections, services, and policies. 

Course/Subject or Assignment-Specific Instruction
Instruction sessions may be tailored to library resources specific to a subject area, assignment, or research topic. They are taught according to the needs of the class by librarians who serve as subject area specialists.

Information Literacy Instruction
Information literacy is a set of skills that enable individuals to recognize when information is needed and to have the ability to locate, evaluate and effectively and ethically use the needed information. It is often included in subject specific instruction, and library orientations.

Individual Help /Research Consultations
Subject specialist librarians are happy to provide one-on-one assistance in the form of research consultations (30-40 minute appointments). Contact your subject librarian directly to schedule an appointment.

Online Instruction / Tutorials / Research Guides
Library Orientation and other online tutorials (e.g., plagiarism, popular vs. scholarly sources) may be used by individual students wishing to enhance their skills, or by professors in conjunction with a course or assignment. Most tutorials offer a quiz, so instructors are encouraged to link to these from Blackboard or Canvas and/or assign them to their students for credit. Research Guides are also useful for identifying discipline-specific resources.

What is Information Literacy?

"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."

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. American Library Association, 2015.

How Can Faculty Support Information Literacy

How faculty can support information literacy

  • ●  Schedule a library instruction session when students are at the point-of-need, e.g. after receiving a research assignment.
  • ●  Work with a subject specialist librarian to tailor the session to the needs of the class.
  • ●  Collaborate with a subject specialist librarian to incorporate information literacy elements into assignments and activities.
  • ●  Encourage students to request additional assistance at the Reference Desk, via online chat or email, or by making an appointment with a subject specialist librarian.
  • ●  Assign one of the library's online tutorials for a class or direct/link students to the research guide in your discipline.

Information Literacy Tutorials