Exciting News for the Library Instruction Program!

bgThe College of Staten Island Library now joins seven other CUNY colleges that have been offering one-credit and three-credit information literacy courses with success.  Come Fall 2014, the Library will introduce a new, one-credit topics course, Beyond Google: Research for College Success, LIB 501.

Beyond Google: Research for College Success will provide, in particular, first-year students with foundational research skills needed to succeed in college, including how to develop well thought out research strategies and effectively use library research tools and new media sources.  Over the course of seven and a half weeks, students will learn to identify, locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information resources in keeping with academic integrity and ethical standards.  Plagiarism and appropriate use of citation styles will be addressed.

“Over the course of seven and a half weeks, students will learn to identify, locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information resources in keeping with academic integrity and ethical standards.”

Although the library faculty at CSI has been actively providing library instruction in various disciplines at all levels, most of the instruction is in the form of one-shot sessions.  These sessions, by their nature, cannot provide students with more than an introduction to basic information literacy skills, which are complex, cognitively challenging skills that need repeated application and practice.  Additionally, the information literacy skills, knowledge, and behaviors developed in this course contribute to CSI’s general education goals such as: life-long learning, practical skills, ethical judgment, and knowledge of local and global issues.

Beyond Google: Research for College Success is an elective open to all students.  So regardless if you have chosen a major or are still undecided, this is the class for you!

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For more information about our new course, please contact:

-Amy F. Stempler, Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Library Instruction