Mary M. Barksdale Library

   Library & Information Skills Instruction

 

Need help using the Library?  Library and information skills instruction on how to locate, evaluate, and use printed and electronic information resources is provided by the librarians.  Topics may include the research process, using the online book catalog, using full-text electronic databases, and the differences between web searching and searching electronic journal databases.  The faculty may request instruction for entire classes or individual students may come to library for instruction on an as needed basis. 

Are you off-campus?  You can learn how to use your library online by using Connect For SuccessConnect For Success is a set of seven web-based library and information skills instructional modules designed to introduce students to the services and collections provided by the Mary M. Barksdale Library and to teach students basic information-seeking skills. Connect For Success is available to all DCC students on and off campus.

For more information, ask the librarian or call (434) 797-8555 or email Your Library @ Danville Community College.  It's the smart thing to do!

 

Library and Information Skills Instruction Learning Outcomes

A person who is competent in information literacy recognizes when information is needed and has the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively. Library and Information Skills Instruction (LISI) is an essential component of information literacy. The Mary M. Barksdale Library’s LISI program is a combination of librarian/faculty led instruction, online tutorials, and supplemental resources. The following learning outcomes serve as guidelines for faculty, librarians, and others to develop methods for measuring student progress toward information literacy. The learning outcomes are information literacy skills that students will acquire after successfully completing all library and information skills instruction, tutorials, and resources. The creation of these learning outcomes was based on the DCC Mission and Goals, the DCC General Education Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (Information Literacy), the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and DCC faculty librarian input.

 

Learning Resources and Distance Learning Program Outcome

Promote the knowledge of and use of information and instructional resources by students, faculty and the College community.

 

Learning Outcome One

Upon completion of library and information skills instruction, students will be able to determine the nature and extent of the information needed.

Learning Skills and Strategies Include:

  1. Identify services and resources available through the DCC library.
  2. Identify the different types of materials available through the library.
  3. Determine the availability of needed information and use available services from beyond local resources (e.g., interlibrary loan).

 

Learning Outcome Two

Upon completion of library and information skills instruction, students will be able to access needed information effectively and efficiently.

Learning Skills and Strategies Include:

  1. Navigate the library website from both on-campus and off-campus.
  2. Search the library catalog by author, title, subject, and keyword; identify a call number; and find an item in the library.
  3. Use the Library of Congress classification system to locate specific items.
  4. Construct a search strategy using appropriate commands for the information retrieval system selected (e.g., Boolean logic and operators for search engines; internal organizers such as indexes for books.
  5. Locate an electronic book, retrieve it, and cite it.
  6. Perform basic searches using key words or subjects to locate information on a topic.
  7. Perform advanced searching techniques including searching in different or multiple fields (e.g., all text, author, title, abstract, journal name) to locate information on a topic.
  8. Identify the parts of a citation (author, title, publisher, source, media type).
  9. Understand the difference between an item that is available full text versus abstract versus citation only.
  10. Select databases and library resources appropriate for the topic and selection criteria.

 

Learning Outcome Three

Upon completion of library and information skills instruction, students will be able to evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.

Learning Skills and Strategies Include:

  1. Recognize the difference between magazines, newspapers and journals.
  2. Evaluate information sources for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias.
  3. Broaden or narrow a research topic as needed.
  4. Distinguishes between searches of the Mary M. Barksdale Library catalogs and subscription databases and searches of the open web.

 

Learning Outcome Four

Upon completion of library and information skills instruction, students will be able to use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Learning Skills and Strategies Include:

  1. Manipulate digital data, as needed, in order to transfer it to new locations or formats
  2. Know how to obtain assistance if needed.

 

Learning Outcome Five

Upon completion of library and information skills instruction, students will be able to understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

Learning Skills and Strategies Include:

  1. Identify the parts of a citation (author, title, publisher, source, media type).
  2. Identify sources for documentation style.

 

1008 South Main St., Danville, VA 24541  |  434.797.2222  |  434.688.0136 (vp)  |  FAX: 434.797.8541  |  Toll-Free: 1.800.560.4291
 Danville Community College promotes and maintains educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, ethnicity, religion, gender, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Danville Community College prohibits sexual harassment including sexual violence.