The Library Instruction program's philosophy, mission, and goals statement, as adopted in March 1986, revised in August 1996, November 2001, and Feb. 2010 establishes that:
Philosophy and Mission:
San Antonio College librarians are faculty who actively participate in the teaching function of the college. Accessing information is a lifelong process requiring individuals to identify, locate, evaluate, and use resources pertinent to their needs. Our mission is to teach students the skills needed to successfully complete their library-related assignments. Librarians prepare students to apply critical thinking skills and become independent library researchers.
Library instruction is available through:
These classes will provide students with an introduction to the research process and the critical evaluation of information. Consult the library instruction statistics in this guide for a complete history.
The library has two instruction classrooms. Each is equipped with a projection system, two screens, instructor's computer. Room 208 has 40 individual student computers. Room 209 has 30 individual student computers. Classroom demonstrations integrate student hands-on participation using the library Discovery, databases, and the Web.
In library instruction classes, librarians create LibGuides tailored to specific course assignments to assist students in the use of library materials.
Instructors are encouraged to meet with librarians to design library-related assignments for their courses.
Librarians are using ACRL guidelines to measure learning outcomes in each class.
One-on-one instruction at the reference desk provides librarians with the opportunity to teach the research process and the critical thinking skills to fulfill students' information needs. Librarians teach students how to select and use appropriate resources such as reference books, library Discovery, and database.