The mission of the Duane G. Meyer Library instruction program is to encourage the development of information literacy skills for all Missouri State University students. We define information literacy as the “ability to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information” (American Library Association, 1989). These essential information-seeking skills and behaviors contribute to an individual’s ability to think critically and advance his or her success as a life-long learner.
Information literacy can be defined as a process by which students come to:
Collaboration and communication between librarians and instructors is essential to a successful information literacy program. Several options are available to assist instructors with the teaching of information literacy skills.
The Reference Department tries to be as flexible as possible when scheduling a library session for classes. However, we ask that faculty and instructors respect the following policies:
If you would like to schedule a session please use the Library Instruction Request Form.
Searchpath is a self-instructional tutorial to teach students basic library and research skills. It covers the research process from initial topic selection to citation styles and the issue of plagiarism. There is a link to Searchpath on the Libraries' home page or it can be accessed directly from http://library.missouristate.edu/tutorial/index.html. Its content is organized into six modules:
Each of the six sections takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, and students can do this on their own time outside of class. Each module contains exercises that students complete online. The exercises consist of interactive multiple choice questions and hands-on practice with the databases. Exercises may be repeated as needed to improve scores. Final scores may be printed and submitted to instructors.
A well-designed information literacy assignment:
Reference librarians can help design assignments meaningful to students. In addition, the librarians can be aware of the project and be prepared to assist students when they come for assistance. In many cases the collaboration between an instructor and a librarian can result in assignments and class sessions that help further the goals of the class, allow students to understand the role of the Library in their education, and enhance class discussion.
We will work with you to help you design the most effective assignment for your particular course and goals. See below for some examples of effective information literacy assignments.
Examples of Effective Assignments
Well-designed, course-related library assignments are an effective way to introduce students to library research. Students learn best about library resources when the instruction is linked to a specific, focused research assignment. The assignments listed in this site are offered as alternatives to the traditional research paper, but they are not exclusive of longer projects.
Meyer Library tours are open to individuals on a walk-in basis. No sign-up or registration is required.
Each semester Meyer Library offers walk-in workshops on various research-related topics. The workshop schedule will be posted in Library News & Events found on the home page.
Print Guide for First-Year Instructors
Detailed guide contains goals, outcomes, assignments, and suggested assessment for first-year students. It also includes an extensive bibliography of both print and electronic resources.
PowerPoint Presentation for First-Year Instructors
Presentation given to GEP instructors contains suggested assignments and information related to increasing student information literacy skills.
Self-Guided Tour Information Guide
Basic guide to services and locations of collections.
For additional information, assistance, or suggestions contact Crystal Gale, Information Literacy Coordinator, 417-836-4345, firstname.lastname@example.org.