Foothill Library's Instruction Program is based on the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.” Our program includes course-related instruction, information literacy modules in Canvas, Library Science credit courses, one-on-one reference assistance, and LibGuides. Please see the boxes below for more information on our programs.
For over 15 years academic librarians have relied on the ACRL Standards to teach information literacy. Each standard included a set of outcomes, which proved especially useful when Foothill College began to emphasize student learning outcomes. In 2016, however, ACRL instigated a sea change in the way we think about information literacy with its Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, a guide based on threshold concepts, i.e. the ways of thinking about a field, usually new and transformative, that a student must grasp in order to progress in studying and understanding the subject. Like most college librarians across the country, the librarians at Foothill will be evaluating the new framework to understand how to transition to it in a way that meets the needs of our college. For more information on the Framework, please visit the library's
Information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and then to find, evaluate and use that information in an ethical way.
The information literate student has the skills necessary to perform well academically, be ready for the challenges of transferring to a four year school or entering the workforce and function as a productive citizen.
Librarians are available for one-on-one research assistance at the Reference Desk all hours that the Library is open. No appointment is necessary. In addition, students may request research assistance via chat or email from the Library homepage.
Students can also schedule an appointment with a librarian directly.
A Foothill librarian would be happy to provide instruction to your students in the use of our online and print resources and on how to develop effective research strategies. Your students will learn how to find, use, evaluate, and understand the legal implications of the use of information for class assignments and life-long learning.
These sessions are most effective when:
To complement the library's on-campus instruction program, the library now offers Information Literacy Modules in Canvas which faculty are welcome to import into their online course. There are currently 5 modules that can be imported: General, Biology & Allied Health, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Counseling. Each module includes information on how to develop a research topic, how to find reliable resources, and how to cite and avoid plagiarism. Foothill faculty can find the modules be visiting this link:
Currently, the Library offers a 1 unit course, LIBR 10 - Research Paper Search Strategies. This course is intended for students writing a research paper in another class. Strategies and methods to identify a research topic and then find and evaluate information in various formats to meet the identified information needed. Consideration of the ethical and legal uses of information will be covered. Interdisciplinary application of concepts, often covering multicultural topics will also be addressed. For more information, see the Course Outline.
LibGuides are course or subject specific resources created by Foothill College librarians to assist faculty and students. Guides provide direct access to relevant library materials and web resources for course and project work. A link to a LibGuide can be placed directly on a course page and is an option for providing instruction on library resources to online learners. Our Off-Campus Library Services LibGuide is a great starting point for students doing research remotely.
Browse all the Foothill College LibGuides, and then contact a librarian to start building a library guide that meets your students' information needs.