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Faculty Services

This guide outlines the resources and services available from the library for STCC faculty

Library Instruction Request

What is Information Literacy?

According to the American Library Association:

"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning."

"Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education", American Library Association, February 9, 2015. (Accessed July 24, 2018)


Types of Instruction We Offer

The STCC Library staff is committed to partnering with you in teaching your students and improving their research skills. 

Library Instruction Options

The library offers the following instruction services to help your students become better researchers. To book an instruction session with the STCC Library, use the online form on the left:

  • Library Instruction Sessions - usually running 50 or 75 minutes and taught in our library instruction lab, we will customize a session based on your assignment and research needs. These classes can be done in one session or spread out over several sessions. 
  • Classroom Visits - a librarian can visit your classroom and offer in-person instruction to your students.
  • Class Research Guide - library staff can customize a research guide for any class you teach. These guides can be introduced during a classroom session or used on their own. 
  • Office Visits - if you'd like to brush up on a specific database title or refresh your research skills, you can schedule a librarian to visit your office for one-on-one assistance.
  • Tech Talk Workshop - usually scheduled during college hour, library staff can tailor a session on a variety of special topics. Past Tech Talks have included eBooks, ScreenCasting, Citation workshops, and more. 

Introductory Library Sessions

We can tailor an instruction session to meet your students' research needs. A "typical" library class usually includes some of the following:

  • Where to find help in the library
  • Accessing resources from off campus
  • Navigating the Library's Website
  • Formulating searches
  • Finding useful research information using library databases
  • Citing your work

About Library Instruction

Librarians are available to create course-specific research workshops for your class.

Who - STCC Librarians share the responsibility to teach instruction sections. To schedule an instruction session, please fill out the form below.

What - All Library instruction sessions are aimed to cultivate information literacy in your students. The content of the instruction session could vary based on faculty requests and could include instruction on developing a research topic and selecting keywords, finding books and articles in library catalog and databases, and finding and evaluating information on the internet. Please note that we ask you to be present during the session.

Where - We primarily conduct instruction sessions in the Library’s Computer Lab.

When - Instruction sessions take place during your usual class time. Please give as much advance notice as possible when requesting an information session, to ensure a time slot is available, and to give the librarian time to prepare the session. In general, a lead time of two weeks is requested, although the library may be able to accommodate requests made with less advance notice.

How - To request an instruction session, fill out the form below and a librarian will be in touch!

Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are an important part of student success in the classroom. In an introductory research class, the library has identified the following possible outcomes as part of the research process:

  1. Students will identify where to find help in the library at the circulation desk, the reference desk, and the tech support desk.
  2. Students will learn how and why to register their Ram Cards..
  3. Students will be able to find the library website.
  4. Students will become familiar with the research process by identifying a topic, finding background information, and planning an effective search.
  5. Students will identify appropriate search tools, including the library catalog and databases, to find relevant books and articles on a topic.
    1. Students will learn how to print, email, or save articles they find.
  6. Students will define plagiarism and list at least two reasons why it should be avoided.
    1. Students will learn to formulate citations in the appropriate format and style for each of their sources.
  7. Students will learn how to evaluate sources for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose (CRAAP test).

Please note: Not all of these SLOs will be part of every instruction session. These are general outcomes and may differ depending on the type and level of class offered.