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Library SACS Accreditation 2015: Comprehensive Standard 3.8.2

Data and resources for our upcoming SACS review.

Instruction of library use

The institution ensures that users have access to regular and timely instruction in the use of the library and other learning/information resources.

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.


  1. Provide quality library instruction in formats designed to meet both class and individual needs.
  2. Develop guides to assist students in the use of library materials.
  3. Consult with faculty in designing and incorporating library-related assignments in their curriculum.
  4. Assessment of instruction classes using ACRL standards to develop assignments and rubrics.

Program Description:

Library instruction is available through:

  1. Course-related classes are tailored to specific course assignments to:
    • accomplish learning objectives determined by the librarian in consultation with the classroom instructor
    • develop a questioning approach to identify information needs
    • demonstrate a library research process
    • teach how to evaluate resources
    • reduce student anxiety by providing an atmosphere which promotes learning.

    These classes will provide students with an introduction to the research process and the critical evaluation of information. 

    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.

    Students submit a Wrap-Up online form at the end of each class which provides data on learning outcomes.

  2. 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 databases. Instruction extends online via Ask a Librarian reference service in which librarians provide screenshots of how to search for specific topics.

  3. Online instruction is provided by the Distance Librarian using Collaborate software.

See also: for statistics, sample flyers, online class request system, class calendar, faculty evaluations

San Antonio College Library, 1819 Main Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212
Located in the Moody Learning Center (MLC) building, floors 2 - 5
Reference Desk: (210) 486-0554 * Send Email
Library interior & exterior photos by: Leonard Ziegler, SAC photographer

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