Library Instruction

Information Literacy

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy as a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."

Information literacy is one of the nine program learning outcomes of the revised Core Curriculum at Biola. "Students will determine the extent of information needed, legally access and evaluate sources critically and ethically, while using information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose."

The Library partners with instructional faculty to promote information literacy and teach techniques that will enable students to develop a systematic method of research that can be applied to any discipline or assignment. The primary goal of the Library Instruction Program is to teach information literacy concepts that develop lifelong learning skills that can be utilized beyond the university experience.

Library faculty support student learning by:

  • Looking at class assignments and suggesting appropriate ways to teach information literacy skills specific to a discipline or class subject
  • Teaching workshops that develop information literacy core competencies
  • Creating online library guides tailored to specific courses, disciplines, or research needs

Instructional faculty support student learning by:

  • Creating assignments that introduce and develop information literacy concepts and skills
  • Actively participating in library instruction sessions and reinforcing the importance of information literacy skills

Library Instruction Sessions

  • Library instruction must be requested at least two weeks in advance.

  • The Library Instruction Lab includes 32 computer stations, a projector, and a whiteboard.

  • The lab may only be reserved for library instruction sessions taught by library faculty.

  • Due to staffing limitations, we cannot provide general orientations. Faculty are encouraged to use a provided LibGuide to introduce students to the Biola Library and its services.

  • Instruction sessions must coincide with a particular assignment. Assignments should be sent to the teaching librarian at least a week in advance of the session.

  • Faculty must attend the session with their class, so they may provide input and emphasize the value of information literacy.

  • Fill out the Library Instruction Request Form below and a librarian will be in touch with you to discuss your request. For additional information, contact Jeremy Labosier, Information Literacy Librarian.

Library Instruction Request Form

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