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Information Literacy Instruction at Wayne College

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, 2/2/15)

Information literacy is achieved through a College-wide concerted effort.  The Wayne College Library, Learning Support Services, Faculty, and Staff all share responsibility for developing, supporting, promoting, teaching, and assessing information literacy skills.  When students leave Wayne College they will have the basic foundation on which to build and enhance their information literacy skills as preparation for their continued lifelong learning.

Information Literacy Instruction is now online:

The University Libraries and Wayne College Library collaborate with educators like you to teach information literacy, research skills, and lifelong learning skills that students can transfer to other courses and apply beyond the University. Due to a number of reasons including the loss of personnel and the need to enhance our expertise in new areas, University Libraries and Wayne College Library will not be offering general library orientation/information literacy sessions. 

Our librarians have been developed a menu of Information Literacy content available to all of our faculty and students in Brightspace. These online lessons can be assigned in part or whole by course instructors, or enterprising students can self-enroll.  Students will earn a certificate of completion for each lesson following a brief assessment. The URLs give you direct access to enroll in the course. You can share these URLs with students in your courses.

Available Information Literacy Courses: 

Library 101: This brief course will give your students the very basics of library research, without diving too deeply into information literacy concepts when they simply need to get started finding sources right away.  This course teaches how to locate books, e-books, media, and electronic articles.  Students will begin to explore the UA Libraries Catalog and basic research databases.

Library 201: This course replaces  and enhances Wayne College's Information Literacy Modules.  It is strongly recommended that students in English Composition 112, Introduction to Public Speaking, Effective Oral Communication be required to complete this course in its entirety.  This may also be appropriate for many other general education courses and foundation courses in various disciplines.  See a full description of Library 201 with learning outcomes and instructions here.

Keeping Your References and Notes Organized: This course is designed for students who are embarking on a research project that would require a reference management tool, exploring EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero.

Plagiarism, Copyright & Citation Basics: This course explains copyright and how to cite sources to avoid plagiarism.  

Specialized Library Instruction

The online courses cover the basic information literacy foundation needed for most of our general education courses that require library research. Librarians will be scheduling a limited number of individualized instruction workshops for higher level research needs in upper division or specialized courses. In order to ensure the best library instruction session for your students, we require the following:

  • Students should complete the Library 201 course prior to the session.

  • Library instruction session must be requested at least 2 weeks in advance.

  • Assignments must be sent to the librarian instructor with the request.

  • Instructors must attend the session with students.

To request library instruction, complete this form and select  the "Wayne, Medina, or Lakewood Campuses" option, and include a copy of your assignment with your submission.

LibGuides (Research Guides)

The library’s LibGuides have been designed for specific assignments and high interest topics.  The guides include research advice and links to specific resources (recommended databases, bibliographies, instructional videos, and more!).  Work with the Wayne College librarians to develop guides for your assignments and help direct your students to the resources you want them to use. 

Subject guides of special interest to faculty members include the How-To Guides on “Academic E-books” and “Copyright.”

Go to Wayne College Library's Research Guide List to see available guides or contact Maureen to request to have a new one created for your assignment.

Assignment Consultation

Discuss your research assignments with the librarians to see if we can support your assignment with a research guide or perhaps offer additional ideas.  Let us help you make sure your students turn in assignments that are a pleasure to read and grade!

Library Lab

Twenty individual computer workstations as well as an instructor station with projector are available in the library lab (F-116).  This is an open lab most hours the library is open, but there may be library instruction sessions or workshops scheduled in this space.  A lab schedule is posted outside the door.  The lab may be reserved by faculty (contact Maureen for availability) for hands-on library research instruction.