Please note that classes must be requested via an online form and the request must be made at least 7 days in advance of the date that instruction is needed. Course materials such as your syllabus and a copy of pertinent in-class assignments will also need to be attached to the form.
Professors interested in conducting their own library instruction sessions or in bringing their students to the library for class research only (no Librarian needed) will still need to reserve the desired space at least one week in advance to ensure availability.
Check the EKS Library Space and Instruction Calendar for available dates and times. All classes, whether for Library Instruction or class research, must be accompanied by their professor.
Library Instruction and Class Research:
In keeping with the Wingate University and Ethel K. Smith Library mission statements, and as a subset of the Reference Department, the focus of Library Instruction and Information Literacy is to foster lifelong learning and research skills in the university’s student body, faculty and staff, and community patrons.
Library instruction sessions are designed to empower your students to identify, access, evaluate, and ethically utilize the information that they require to be successful in your course and in their college careers. Instruction sessions are offered to all classes on all of Wingate University's campuses.
Wingate Campus: Hands-on instruction sessions can be conducted in either the Reference Department or the Library Lab depending on class size. The Reference Department contains 25 computers and the Library Lab contains 12 computers.
Ballantyne Campus and Other Instruction Sites: Classes are taught in the assigned Ballantyne classrooms. Librarians also travel to cohort campus locations for instruciton. For the Hendersonville Campus, classes can be taught via remote tele-presence in the Levine College of Health Sciences classrooms. All students at these locations should plan to bring a laptop or tablet in order to fully participate in these interactive sessions.
Information Literacy Standards
Benchmarks for obtaining these learning and research skills are codified in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as the ability to:
- Determine the extent of information needed
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluate information and its sources critically
- Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally
Source: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Association of College & Research Libraries, 2000. Web. 27 Aug. 2010. <http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm>.