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Library Instruction Program at Shippensburg University

Student Learning Outcomes

Formulate questions for research and develop increasingly complex lines of inquiry.

Identify and evaluate appropriate resources and scholarship to inform investigation of a research question.

Recognize the context of information and use information competently, ethically, and legally.

Synthesize information to draw evidence-based conclusions for a research question and participate in scholarly conversation.


Tier 1: First Year Experience

First year instruction will enable students to recognize the process of seeking information and introduce a comfort level with that process. Research and information literacy skills will be integrated through embedded face-to-face instruction and online tutorials in General Education program and First Year Experience courses.

Tier 2: Introduction to Discipline

Students will begin to apply the research process to more rigorous lines of inquiry in their discipline by developing fundamental knowledge of specialized resources and advanced search strategies through library instruction sessions, discipline-specific online tutorials, and other asynchronous instructional techniques for their gateway courses.

Tier 3: Senior Seminar/Capstone

Students will employ more sophisticated search strategies as they use specialized resources and skillfully demonstrate their ability to evaluate and synthesize resources in the context of their own research as well as within the discipline as a whole.

Tier  4: Graduate

Graduate students will be able to trace scholarly arguments within their discipline and understand how their research fits into a broader scholarly conversation. Developing their own lines of inquiry and original research questions, students will employ advanced research methods to contribute to the literature of their field. Students will develop advanced knowledge of specialized resources, search techniques, research methods, and information retrieval methods in the subject areas of their discipline.

Types of Instruction

Programmatic Information Literacy 

Information Literacy is a core part of many major curricula that expects their students to complete outside and/or original research projects. It also can be a impactful component of the program review. Librarians are available to consult with departments about incorporating information literacy assessment and scaffolded curriculum for departmental majors and programs.

Discipline-Specific Instruction

Each department has a liaison librarian assigned who has expertise in discipline specific methods and resources. Liaison librarians would be pleased to work with their colleagues to design sessions or units for classes about discipline specific research at the undergraduate or graduate level. These sessions are designed to be an introduction to the discipline and/or the research methods of a discipline. Librarians can be consulted about how best to incorporate this instruction in classes. This could include: one or more librarian-led instruction sessions or workshops, assignment developed collaboratively by you and the librarian, project rubric that measures information literacy, or information literacy based in class activities.

General Information Literacy Instruction

These sessions are designed to deliver information literacy skills toour students and to improve the quality of student research. Librarians will partner with teaching faculty and instructors to design and deliver sessions tailored to the subject matter of your course and to the specific needs of your students.

Research Consultations

Individual student conferences to discuss research & information needs with a faculty librarian. This service is especially helpful for major research projects, theses, and dissertations.

Workshops and Tours

Information sessions that cover general literacy topics, or library services. Workshops can also include partnerships with co-curricular units across campus, and can be standalone, a series with a specific theme, or part of another series. (Average Session Length: 30 minutes