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What is Information Literacy and how will it help my students?

 To request Library Instruction, please fill out the Online Form.


Click Here >>> Online Form to Request ILI 

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Standards

Information Literacy Instruction (ILI)
The Library is committed to the development of information literacy skills within the Eastern community as an integral element of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. With this goal in mind, we offer information literacy instruction in the Library (in a 21 PC instruction room), throughout campus, and at off-campus sites when possible, based on available staffing.

Guidelines for Requesting Information Literacy Instruction

Priorities & Lead time

  • Generic Information Literacy Instruction (i.e. not course specific) requires one-week notice; 100 level classes receive an introduction to Academic Search Premier: a multidisciplinary full-text database.
  • FYI (First Year Introduction), customized for the discipline, requires one-week notice.
  • Additional 100 & 200 level classes requires one-week notice (choice of one database most relevant to your course; no customization to assignments)
  • For 300-500 level classes, with sufficient notice (two-four weeks), we can tailor an in-depth instruction session to your curriculum.
    1. Project Muse (scholarly, full text humanities and social sciences database).
    2. National Newspapers Premier (Boston Globe, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor and many other highly circulated US newspapers).
    3. JSTOR (mostly scholarly, full text humanities, social sciences, and sciences database).
    4. LexisNexis Academic (full-text database specializing in news, business, and legal research).
Faculty collaboration
Faculty members need to be present during Information Literacy Instruction to:
  • provide definitive answers to questions specific to content or assignment requirements.
  • assist the librarian with students needing redirection or individual assistance.
  • reinforce that the session is integral to the course.
  • keep abreast of what their students are learning.

We have found that the presence and participation of the regular instructor helps to keep students attentive and engaged in the presentation and improves attendance.

Do your first year students tell you that they've already had library instruction?
There are actually 3 different components to the Library sessions for freshmen:

  1. Freshman Library Orientation (first and second week of fall semester): A University-mandated orientation to library services. It includes a presentation and tour of the library using videos.  International, transfer, and readmitted students are included as well.
  2. FYI 100 (First Year Introduction): This is two parts.  The in-class session is a group activity on evaluating websites to determine their credibility as academic sources. The second part is a take-home assignment.  Students individually find different formats of library materials (like bound journals, current periodicals, reference books, etc.), as well as search the library website and catalog.
  3. ENG 100 (half in the fall and half in the spring): An introduction to database searching and major electronic resource functionality using Academic Search Premier, the CONSULS online library catalog, interlibrary loan, and the Journal Locator.  Concepts surrounding the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding information are presented as well.

Each session builds on the previous session and introduces new skills. 

Who teaches ILI?
ILI may be taught by your Library Liaison or another Public Services Librarian, please request ILI sessions by using the online form. For questions contact David Vrooman at (x54470) or Janice Wilson at (x55550).

Assume Minimal Library Knowledge
Although many students are familiar with using some library tools (e.g., dictionaries, thesauri, the author/title portion of the catalog, Academic Search Premier), few really understand subject headings,  generating useful keywords, what is credible information (such as the evaluation of websites) and most have never used the periodical indexes/abstracts or our extensive collection of electronic resources/databases.

Approximate Time Frames

Depending on the type of instruction your students need, the following time estimates are provided:

Accessing Information

  • Smith Library research (50-75 minutes)
  • How to find a book (15 minutes)
  • How to find a journal article (30 minutes)
  • Library tour (20 minutes)
  • Using the Internet for research (30 minutes)
 Critical Thinking
  • Evaluating Internet sources (50-75 minutes)
  • Annotated Bibliographies (15 minutes)
  • Scholarly vs. Popular Journals (15 minutes)
  • How to Broaden/Narrow Your Topic (15 minutes)
  • Citing Sources Activities (25 minutes)

J. Eugene Smith Library User Education Room Policies & Procedures

The J. Eugene Smith Library User Education Room (Library 263) is designed as a library classroom for Eastern Connecticut State University students and faculty.

Information literacy instruction sessions have priority over all other uses of the User Education Room.

Priorities for booking the User Education Room:
  • Information literacy instruction taught by librarians at the request of departmental faculty
  • Faculty-taught information literacy instruction sessions coordinated through the Information Literacy Librarian (limit two per course per semester)
  • Non-information literacy instruction sessions/meetings at the discretion of the Head of Public and Research Services
Please fill out the "online form" at the top of this page. Reservations for information literacy instruction sessions are made on a first-come, first-served basis and confirmations are sent via email. E-mail messages are checked several times each day; all messages will receive a response within 48 hours, except on weekends. If you don't receive confirmation for your request within 48 hours, please contact us again.
  • Departmental faculty may schedule an additional session in the User Education Room in order to assist their students with research. This additional class must be scheduled with the Information Literacy Instruction Librarian.
  • Departmental faculty who reserve the User Education Room are responsible for the room and any equipment in the room during the session.
  • Training is required for use of the User Education Room. Procedures for turning on and off equipment are posted and must be followed.
  • Please inform library staff at scheduling if there will be any students with special needs (visually impaired, physically disabled, etc).
  • All cell phones and pagers should be set to vibrate or silenced.
  • Use of computers in the User Education Room falls under the ECSU Policy on Computer Use.
  • Installation, modification or deletion of software is not allowed.
  • Faculty must contact the Information Literacy Librarian prior to class to arrange training/equipment refresher.
  • Please report any equipment malfunctions to the Information Literacy Librarian
  • There are 21 workstations available; the room is optimally set up for 21 students, but can seat up to 36.

Contact Information:

David Vrooman, Information Literacy Librarian
Extension 54470 (please email if not in office)

Janice Wilson, Head of Public and Research Services
Extension 55550 

Introduction to Information Literacy

    Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL)


Association of College & Research Libraries ( ACRL) Standards
Many universities have adopted the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education


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