Information Literacy at UC Clermont

We support online teaching. Our information literacy instruction program is still active.

Clermont College librarians are committed to student-centered learning. We design lessons intentionally with active learning in mind. Just tell us what you'd like students to learn and we'll develop an information literacy session based around information literacy concepts and skills, not just library search tools. We offer information literacy support for classes offered both in-person and online, as well as hybrid courses. 

Options can include visiting your classroom, hosting a webinar, creating canvas modules, collaborating on a research project design, participating in canvas discussion boards, developing instruction videos, and more. It just starts with conversation about your learning outcomes and needs!

Synchronous instruction can take place face-to-face or online through WebEx/Teams/Zoom.

In order to provide a thoughtful, well-constructed instruction session, we ask faculty to use the following guidelines: 

  • The teaching faculty member must be present during the library instruction session 
  • Instruction sessions should be scheduled by the end of the 2nd week of the semester 
  • If you need to reschedule or cancel an instruction session, please inform your library liaison as soon as possible.  

We strongly encourage that faculty link library instruction sessions to a relevant research assignment. Prior to the session, students should know about the assignment and have chosen topics (if applicable). Plan to share the assignment and topics with the librarian ahead of the session. 

We also recommend having 1-2 learning outcomes you'd like to see from the library session. You librarian can help craft these once they understand your students' needs. 

Example topics for an information literacy session could be that students will be able to: 

  • Decode the differences between popular and scholarly 
  • Transition from research topic to literature search 
  • Generate keywords and keyword synonyms 
  • Select appropriate search tools 
  • Craft a search strategy 
  • Use a variety of source types to support their claims 
  • Evaluate information found on the world wide web 

The Clermont College Library offers a Canvas Community with pre-made modules about information literacy, research, and library use. However, teaching in Canvas can take other forms as well to meet your asynchronous needs. 

Examples include: 

  • Embed a librarian in a Canvas discussion board connected to research assignment(s) 
  • Librarian-created Canvas module and/or Page with links to resources (e.g., videos, worksheets, databases) customized to your research assignment(s) that will support student research
  • Partner with a librarian to develop a research assignment that facilitates a scaffolded approach and ensures resource availability 
  • Request a course-specific research guide 
  • Receive assistance embedding library content and resources 

Discuss your goals with the appropriate liaison as early as possible. Embedding existing online resources happens quickly, but the creation of new or targeted content can be a lengthy process. 

All library content follows the University of Cincinnati's accessibility policies. 

In First-Year Experience course, the library aims to teach the following:

  1. Outline UC Clermont Library's services, resources, and collections.
  2. Locate the UC Clermont library website and research guides.
  3. Identify relevant keywords in a research question.
  4. Articulate the difference between library resources and an open web search.

A librarian is happy to visit your class on-campus or online synchronously. There are also Canvas modules ready for each FYE course for those who'd like a library introduction as homework or who teach asynchronously. Ask your liaison to schedule instruction or share the Canvas module.

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