The goal of LCC Library instruction services is not just to describe resources and techniques necessary for the successful completion of specific assignments. Rather, it is to teach information literacy skills as outlined in the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) division of the American Library Association (ALA). Instruction Librarians employ effective pedagogy by incorporating techniques of active learning, problem-based learning, and group work when appropriate.
The Instruction Services Team (IST) provides the overall direction for all library instruction. Library instruction is available to current LCC students and employees. The Instruction Services Team provides guidance in instruction sessions, workshops, and communication intended toward development of information literacy skills. Please read more about IST and its charges and responsibilities by referring to the IST tab under the Library Teams Research Guide. IST performs the following activities as part of their duties:
Generally, over 150 instruction sessions are scheduled each fall and spring semester. Library instruction is also provided during the summer semester.
The most commonly scheduled classes:
TO DO: Locate the "Instruction Sessions" folder in the LCC Files and review the folders for the various courses that have scheduled instruction sessions: N:/SA-Division/Learning Assistance/Reference Instruction Services/Instruction/Instruction Sessions.
TO DO: Use the college website to locate information for each learning center. Be sure to note locations and directions for each center.
Instruction assessment is ongoing and tied to student learning outcomes. Learning outcomes assessment activities are developed and / or modified to meet the changing needs of LCC courses and programs.
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS)
Instruction librarians use a variety of CATS to check for students' understanding and learning. Assessment techniques used during a session allows the librarian to make adjustments to assist students' learning. CATS presented at the conclusion of a session allows the librarian to reflect on the students' experience and to make changes to their teaching for a future library instruction sessions. A typical assessment technique used by the instruction team is a One Minute Paper.
Additional assessment / evaluation activities:
It is important to keep statistics regarding the number of sessions conducted and the number of students present during the instruction session.
After completing an instruction session, the librarian conducting the instruction session should record the statistical information on the Instruction Calendar in LibCal.
Instruction statistics for each semester are compiled by the Instructional Services Librarian and reported to the Library Department.
TO DO: Review the Designing Effective Research Assignments Research Guide and the Faculty Research Guide- Library Instruction Pages
Process for Scheduling Library Instruction (For Faculty)
Faculty members are asked to submit their request a minimum of one week prior to the instruction date. Every effort will be made to fulfill an instruction request. Requests submitted with less than a week's notice will be honored only if instruction staff and library instruction space is available.
TO DO: Locate and review the instruction request form and the Faculty Research Guide Instruction pages on the library website. Be sure to note the different options available for instruction. Practice using the online scheduler and view the form, but don't submit the request. Review popular assignments and the videos and tutorials page in the guide.
Incoming instruction requests are received by the Instructional Coordinator via e-mail. The goal is to schedule the sessions equitably among the Instruction Librarians.
The Instructional Coordinator Librarian will:
TO DO: In the When to Work scheduling system find the default view to see both reference and instruction shifts at the same time.
Instruction Librarian Responsibilities:
TO DO: Take a look at the instruction folder and view handouts and PowerPoints created by other librarians to get an idea of common activities and lesson plans.