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Library Instruction Learning Objectives

Contact Person:  
Sonya Gaither, Dean of Libraries 
Erin Nagel, Assessment & Marketing Librarian    

Program Mission Statement:  
Library instruction classes are designed to assist the faculty with developing the information finding, and research and critical thinking skills of Clayton State students.  


Learning Outcomes 

As a result of library instruction, the information literate student will be able to: 

  1. Select appropriate search methods for accessing the needed information.
    (Related ACRL Frame:
    Searching as Strategic Exploration)
    Note: This will include searching GALILEO by Subject Databases and using Boolean operators and keywords.

  2. Identify a variety of types and formats of sources for information. 
    (Related ACRL Frame: Information Creation as a Process)
    Note: The student will be able to differentiate between primary and secondary sources, books and journals, understanding that their use and importance vary with each discipline.

  3. Acknowledge their use of information sources through proper attribution. 
    (Related ACRL Frame:
    Information has Value; Scholarship as Conversation)
    Note: The student will correctly use citations in style, content and relevance and demonstrate the ability to locate resources based on citation information.

  4. Retrieve information using a variety of methods. 
    (Related ACRL Frame: Research as Inquiry; Searching as Strategic Exploration)
    Note: The student will demonstrate the ability to access streaming videos or other online media sources, as well as use ILL and GIL Express.

  5. Critically evaluate information resources according to applicable criteria.
    (Related ACRL Frame:
    Authority is Constructed and Contextual)
    Note: This includes distinguishing between scholarly journals, trade publications, and popular magazines, and understanding what peer-reviewed means. 


Information Literacy & Student Learning Outcomes Assessment 

Each semester the library faculty provides instruction classes introducing information seeking and research skills to Clayton State University students. After these classes are conducted, the librarians use the ACRL Project Outcome suite of surveys to measure the impact of instruction on students and “their intention to change behavior as a result.” The survey questions are structured based on the Information Literacy Assessment & Advocacy Project (ILAAP) and have been mapped to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  

Using the data collected from the surveys, the library administration will annually evaluate the library instruction program to determine successes and areas for improvement to assist the librarians as they continue to provide instruction to the Clayton State University students. 


Review Date: December 2023