COVID-19 Response and Reopening

Information Literacy (IL) Support

Library Support for Online Instruction

When COCC campuses are closed, there are many ways the Barber Library can help support you and your students in accessing and using our expert help and services. The following guide, "Library Resources during Campus Closures," was created to compile a list of information literacy online instruction techniques and resources as well as tips for setting up streaming videos, full-text eBooks, and other library resources in Blackboard.

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Information Literacy (IL) Sessions

In IL sessions, librarians visit COCC classes to provide instruction custom-tailored to course assignments and needs.

Concepts and skills covered in instruction may include:

  • Selecting appropriate sources to fulfill an information need
  • Developing appropriate topics for research and determining keywords
  • Using effective search techniques in databases and other search tools
  • Critically evaluating information and its sources for their value and quality
  • Citing sources correctly and using sources ethically to avoid plagiarism

Embedded Librarian Program

Participating in the embedded program will allow a librarian to have a more focused instructional approach beyond what can be accomplished in a single classroom visit. You will work directly with one librarian to customize the experience based on your needs and schedule, but most participants have included at least one of the following elements:

  • A mention of the librarian/embedded program in the syllabus and a 5-minute introduction visit at the beginning of the term
  • A discussion board in Blackboard monitored by the librarian
  • Between 3-5 visits, shorter than the IL Sessions and scaffolded to target specific skills at the point of need
  • An assignment developed by the faculty member and librarian to specifically address research skills

Contact Kirsten Hostetler for more information.

IL Instruction Materials

COCC librarians have created information literacy instructional materials that you may find helpful. Faculty are welcome to reuse any of the tutorials or this additional material in their own courses.

Cat Finney

Research Happy!

By Cat Finney

Research guides and tips for specific topics.

 Kirsten Hostetler

Information Literacy Blog

By Kirsten Hostetler

Posts for COCC students interested in learning more about research, highlighting search techniques and resources available at Barber Library.

 Tina Hovekamp

Information Literacy Learning Modules

By Tina Hovekamp

These SoftChalk lessons cover a range of concepts and skills, from choosing a research topic, to evaluating a source, to searching the Library catalog and specific databases.



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