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Library Instruction Program at Shippensburg University

Information Literacy in the First Year Experience Program

As students transition from high school to college, one of the most significant challenges is new expectations of student information literacy (IL) skills in research and citation. Students are expected to identify, evaluate, and synthesize a scholarly conversation to substantiate their perspective, utilize authoritative sources, and critically evaluate the most effective evidence to support their claims. This ties to a more general need for students to begin to construct their own identity as responsible, thoughtful and critical information consumers.  As part of a larger community, students must learn civic and social responsibility to be able to find evaluate and reflect upon information that shapes who they are as citizens and human beings.

The IL program at Lehman Library introduces students to library services and resources, and compliments classwork by providing instruction in primary information-seeking skills. Librarians work with individual professors to develop an instruction plan that meets the needs of a particular class, offering one-off or multiple-session instruction. In-class activities can be supplemented by librarian-graded homework assignments or individual librarian research consultations. To schedule a library session, please see our Library Instruction and Information Literacy page.

Explore this guide for more information about general instruction, or see tabs for ENG114, HCS100, and UNIV101 for course-specific information.

Information Literacy