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Information Literacy Program

Outlines the plan, delivery and assessment for Information Literacy (IL) at SFU.

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Instruction & Information Services Program Components

This portion of the IL Program addresses the needs of all community populations while highlighting those beyond the first year, including but not limited to, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, returning adults, distance learning students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Three components feed the instruction of community members for success in their research endeavors.

Research Help

Forty-eight hours of scheduled desk assistance are provided each week through a variety of avenues.

  • In-person
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Chat
  • Text

Assistance reaches beyond those 48 hours through the encouragement of...

  • FYPL or liaison research consultation by appointment
  • direct contact with liaisons through email, phone, and office visits

Information Literacy Instruction (ILI)

Typically requested by faculty.

The second and subsequent undergraduate and graduate years focus on instruction sessions or tools created to assist students with coursework/assignments.

They are...

  • created in collaboration with faculty
  • field of study, course or assignment specific
  • in the library or in the course classroom (depending on content covered)
  • during schedueld class time or offered as separate workshops outside of class time

Offered in a variety of formats:

  • orientation/library tours
  • course sessions                      
  • online sessions
  • video sessions

Research Guides

Research Guides are an instructional tool created in collaboration with faculty members by the library liaison to assist in conducting research. Department and specific course/assignment guides provide guidance for research through the identification of the best resources in the field.

They can...

  • list the best resources in the field
  • explain library processes and procedures
  • be specific to a field
  • instruct on a research concept or process
  • outline the resources for a course project
  • be specific to a community population: graduate, returning adult