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.
Library instruction is available through:
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.
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.
See also: http://sacguide.libguides.com/instruction for statistics, sample flyers, online class request system, class calendar, faculty evaluations