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Library Instruction Program at Shippensburg University

Information Literacy Program Online

Shippensburg University's library instruction program has many different strategies to provide virtual synchronous and asyncronous information literacy instruction to support online student learning. 

How can I use these resources?

  • Embeded into a specific lesson or module 
  • Scaffolded throughout your course 
  • As a review for students who need a refresher on the basics

Embedding information literacy into your class can support your students success and support you as you transition your classes online. Information Literacy (IL) refers to the ability to:

  • Define different information needs 
  • Find the appropriate information
  • Evaluate the sources purpose, authority, and relevance based on your information need
  • Synthesize all of your information

Library Resources for Distance Education

The library offers a number of resources useful in extending distance education to students:

Research Guides: Specialized guides created to offer students and faculty a clear and compressive way to access library resources for specific courses, subjects, and topics. 

Academic Databases offering a range of materials to aid and supplement course material, including video content available through Academic Video Online and Films on Demand

Research Consultations available with library faculty over Zoom, phone, or email.

Resources for accessing eBooks and eBooks vendors.

Resources to help students with citation formatting, style, and creation. 

Tutorials: The library has designed a series of self-paced online learning tutorials called Ship to Shore. Ship to Shore contains seven core modules, and is entirely self-paced. 

Library Instruction for Distance Education

Your liaison librarians will collaborate with you develop or provide educational materials and synchronous and asynchronous instruction support on subjects like topic development, finding and evaluating sources, synthesizing research, and attributing sources.

Please contact your liaison librarian to identify the best strategies to incorporate information literacy into your online class. 

Synchronous Information Literacy Instruction:

  • Full, partial or mini lessons via Zoom
  • Lead discussions in D2L
  • Meet with students via Zoom (individually or small groups)

Asynchronous Information Literacy Instruction: 

  • Video tutorials (Ship to Shore or original tutorials)
  • Information literacy-focused D2L modules 

Information literacy educational resources:

  • Course-specific research guides
  • Information literacy focused activities, assignments, and rubrics 
  • Assessment quizzes for lessons, library tutorials, or other components of your course

Course Support

  • Consultation on revising assignments with research component
  • Research assistance resources (chat, email, Zoom, phone)
  • Partner with you to review submitted student work, particularly cited sources, annotated bibliographies, etc.

Librarians are trained in Information Literacy instruction and can consult with disciplinary faculty on course design, assignment design and other embedded instruction services online. We strive for teaching excellence and look forward to working with you to support the success of our students!