First Year Seminar Information Literacy Objectives and Learning Outcomes
Overall Program Goals
All First-Year Seminar students at McDaniel College will be introduced to library research and information literacy concepts, including how to access, use, and critically evaluate electronic and print library information sources. The librarians at Hoover Library are committed to their shared role with faculty in preparing new students to engage with the academic research process.
These learning objectives are designed to:
- provide guidance for the development of a library component for the First-Year Seminar experience through collaboration between librarians and faculty; and
- begin the process of building a student’s skills and cognitive abilities for effective and efficient use of print and electronic resources as the starting point for a larger multi-year program to progressively build academic research competency and critical thinking skills based on the Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
FYS instructors are encouraged to schedule two 1-hour or two 90 minute flex sessions to cover the following outcomes and objectives. Ideally this should be done in conjunction with a research project tied to the course content. A librarian can help develop this project or provide a generic research exercise at the faculty’s request.
Class Session One
Orientation to Library and Library’s Web site
Learning Outcome 1: The student is acquainted with Hoover Library through an online tour or during orientation and has a very basic understanding of the physical arrangement of materials and library services.
- The student knows the location of service points of the library.
- The student knows the location of the Reference Desk, Reference Department, and Interlibrary Loan Services.
- The student knows where to go to check out library materials.
- The student knows where to go to locate items on reserve.
Learning Outcome 2: The student is able to find and effectively navigate the library’s web site to locate library resources and services.
- The student will be able to locate the library’s homepage.
- The student will be able to identify the hours on the library’s web site.
- The student will be introduced to, and able to locate, the library’s subject guides, research databases, and catalog.
Identifying Library Services
Learning Outcome: The student will have a basic understanding of library services.
- The student will be introduced to the basic services provided by the Interlibrary Loan Department.
- The student will be introduced to the services provided by the Reference Department.
- The student will know how to make an appointment with a librarian for individual research assistance.
- The student will know how to seek assistance using the Ask a Librarian/Text a Librarian feature.
- The student have a basic understanding of the importance of using the library for academic research
Introduction to Library Catalog
Learning Outcome: The student will have a basic understanding of the library’s catalog.
- The student will learn to conduct basic searches in the library’s catalog using title, author, general keyword, and subject searches. (This step can be eliminated if the faculty member requests that students use only articles for their research.)
- The student will be able to understand a record in the library’s catalog, identifying the title, call number, collection, and status of the item. (This step can be eliminated if the faculty member requests that students use only articles for their research.)
- The student will learn how to request materials from the community college and public library when necessary. (This step can be eliminated if the faculty member requests that students use only articles for their research.)
- The student effectively uses the organizational structure of a book using indexes and table of contents to locate information.
- The student demonstrates an understanding of browsing.
Class Session Two
Identifying, Locating, and Evaluating Resources
Learning Outcome: The student will be oriented to the skills necessary to select, use, and evaluate the appropriate databases.
- The student will learn how to select appropriate databases.
- The student will learn how to use a database to identify articles on a subject and how to locate the content in the library or online.
- The student will understand how to login to the databases when off campus using the Off-Campus Access link.
- The student will be introduced to the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly resources.
- The student will be introduced to the difference between online sources, such as databases, indexes, online journals and Internet resources.
- The student will be introduced to the concepts of critically evaluating resources and whether a resource is appropriate for the information need
- The student will be introduced to the importance of citing resources to avoid plagiarism.
Learning Outcome: The student will be given the opportunity to practice a search strategy, determine useful search terms, and identify appropriate information resources.
- The student will explore a topic in a database.
- The student will identify appropriate search terms for his/her information need.
- The student will narrow or expand his/her search as appropriate.
- The student will explore which resources to use at varying stages in the research process.
Complete a library assignment
Learning Outcome: The student will be given an assignment, designed by librarians, with input from faculty, to complete and then return to the librarian who taught the class. The librarian will provide a pass/fail grade for the assignment and return it to the faculty member.
- The student will identify three content areas of the class subject guide.
- The student will list two databases appropriate for his/her research and explain why he/she chose them.
- The student will list three characteristics of an effective Internet site.
- The student will provide a short definition of plagiarism.
- The student will list two characteristics each for scholarly and non-scholarly publications.
- The student will explain the benefits of using Interlibrary Loan services.
- The student will complete the assignment with a pre-determined accuracy rate (students who do not successfully complete the assignment will be required to meet individually with a librarian)