Students at Weber State University have many opportunities to engage
in meaningful activities in order to gain information literacy competencies.
These opportunities are offered in a variety of settings and at
all levels. The following list of instruction opportunities, methods
and activities are offered by the information literacy program.
Hyperlinks to relevant course materials are also available:
Credit Courses: Credit
are taught in the Stewart Library Department.
Orientation: Instruction librarians teach orientation sessions
for all students enrolled in the required core writing course English
2010 and for all students enrolled in the First
Year Experience program. Sessions are also offered for some
sections of English 1010 and Comm 1020.
Instruction: The information literacy program supports
an extensive commitment to course integrated and subject specific
instruction across all disciplines and colleges, for on campus,
distance and online teachers and learners. Over a hundred sessions
are presented each year. These may be one hour sessions or sessions
lasing several weeks. These may be delivered traditionally or online.
WSU faculty in all departments are encouraged to contact library
faculty to help integrate and/or design information competency rich
sessions, curriculum and assignments. Subject and course specific
Research Guides are often prepared
to enhance student awareness of quality resources within specific
course subject areas. At least 10% of these sessions are assessed
each year using the Instruction Session Evaluation Form.
A series of drop in general sessions are presented each semester.
These sessions also provide outreach to faculty, staff and to the
broader local community. Additional drop in sessions are offered
for students enrolled in the Information Navigator online course.
Instruction: Individualized instruction is provided by
library faculty and staff, through reference services, in the library,
across campus, over the phone, and via email as requested to students,
faculty, staff, alumni and the broader community.
Competency Requirement: Weber State University students
must complete an information
literacy competency requirement before enrolling in upper division
courses. Students may choose between courses (listed above) or an
exam. The courses and the exam are all planned by the infromation
literacy team and their partners. The exam is delivered by the Telecommunications
and Business Education Department.
Teaching and Learning
Methods and Activities: The Instruction team incorporates
the following goals for all information literacy related instruction.
- Information literacy pedagogy will:
- be active, diverse, multidisciplinary
- encompass critical thinking and reflection
- support student centered learning
- include active and collaborative learning activities
- build on existing knowledge that student's bring into the
- incorporate variations in learning and teaching styles
- include collaboration with classroom faculty
- relate information to ongoing coursework
- experiment with a wide variety of methods
- be continually improved through authentic assessment and
See the Annual
Reports for details on the numbers of students served in each
type of instruction. See also the program
diagram for an overview of how information literacy instruction
is offered across the curriculum at Weber State University.
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