As enrollment and course offerings have grown at the College of Staten Island, so have the requests for Library Instruction. After careful evaluation, taking into account reduced resources and expanding services, the Library Instruction Program implemented a new model for instruction. Beginning this academic year, the Program initiated weekly 50-minute Introduction to the Library’s Resources and Services workshops designed for students taking English 111, Introduction to College Writing, and other introductory level courses.
By the end of the session, students will learn to:
- Identify library services
- Think critically about information sources
- Find books
- Find articles using online databases
- Avoid plagiarism and use citation styles
These targeted learning goals are assessed in a 10-question quiz given at the end of the workshop, which is also printed out as a certificate of attendance. Last Fall, nearly 500 hundred students attended a workshop and scored an average 85% on the quiz.
During the Spring semester, the workshops will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays during Club Hours, from 2:30-3:20pm in the Library Learning Lab, 1L-214, and on selected evenings and weekends. Students may view the workshop calendar and register online directly here.
The Library Instruction Program continues to provide information literacy sessions for all other courses that include a research assignment. This allows our limited faculty to focus on upper level and research methods courses that require extensive, discipline-specific inquiry, as well as to develop new initiatives such as embedded librarianship at CSI.
For more information about the Library Instruction Program, please visit our web site at http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/lib-instruction or contact :