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GPS Library Instruction

The library is excited to work with you to support the information literacy needs of your GPS students. We understand that each GPS section is unique and requires a different level of involvement from the library. To that effect, there are several ways you can incorporate the library into your GPS course. Please feel free to contact Susan Vandagriff, the GPS Library Coordinator for more information or if you have questions about GPS library instruction.

This guide provides information on: 

  • what information literacy is
  • library instruction activities that fulfill the information literacy learning outcome for GPS
  • how to request a library instruction activity
  • developing effective research assignments

 We encourage every GPS section to incorporate a library instruction activity into their course. 

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is more than mastering basic library skills. It is about developing information and technology competencies that foster lifelong learning. Information literate students are able to find, evaluate, and use information effectively to discover new knowledge, solve problems, make decisions, and become more informed members of society.

Why is Information Literacy Important?

According to a 2013 study from Project Information Literacy, entering college freshmen found college level research and writing both exiting and overwhelming. The study revealed that: 

  • Most students found college library resources much larger and more complex than their high school library resources. 
  • 74% of students struggled in selecting adequate keywords and formulating search queries.
  • 43% of students found they had trouble making sense of and tying together information for research papers.
  • Many students still relied on inadequate search strategies and resources like Google or Wikipedia for college research papers. 

Information Literacy in GPS

Instruction at this level is delivered through the Gateway Program Seminar and assists students in making the transition from high school to college.

Instructional Goals:

  1. Develop awareness of services and resources available through the library.
  2. Reduce anxiety toward academic libraries and college-level research.
  3. Introduce the online catalog and library databases.

Learning Outcomes (students will be able to):

  1. Find the library and locate key service points such as the Research Assistance desk, circulation desk, and computer assistance desk.
  2. Identify and navigate to key online services, tools, and resources on the Library Web Site.
  3. Feel comfortable about approaching library staff for assistance.
  4. Conduct basic searches in the Kraemer Online Catalog and article databases.


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Susan Vandagriff
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