Library Services and the faculty of Austin Community College work together to develop a plan for the integration of information literacy skills across the curriculum. At the request of faculty, reference librarians are available to conduct instruction sessions on locating and accessing information resources related to library assignments located in and beyond the library. Additionally, Library Services has developed web-based tutorials, such as the Info Game, which provides a comprehensive introduction to web-based research and to the library's electronic resources.
Part of the mission of Library Services is to provide "instruction to promote information literacy and life-long learning." We define information literacy as the "set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information." (American Library Association, 1989). Students graduating from Austin Community College should be prepared to apply the information skills they learn as students to all aspects of their lives as citizens, family members, employees, and professionals. Information literate students have transferable skills from their formal education they can use throughout life and as a means toward continued learning.
Library Services is committed to a program of course-integrated library instruction. The ACC Library program introduces students to information resources, strengthens their research skills, and facilitates critical thinking skills. Librarians serving as a Teaching Team lead in the development, maintenance and distribution of college-wide programs, although all reference librarians may be involved in instructional design and teaching. A Teaching Team exists to ensure the success of information literacy efforts college-wide.
Library Services is committed to a program of course-integrated library instruction. This approach--having library instruction embedded within the curriculum and developed in collaboration with classroom faculty, rather than as a separate library-controlled program--was pioneered by Earlham College. Earlham sponsored national conferences promoting this approach in the 1980s. Five ACC librarians and as many classroom faculty attended one of these workshops. We have never wavered from favoring this approach. The ACC Library program introduces students to information resources, strengthens their research skills, and facilitates critical thinking skills. Course-integrated programs, which introduce basic library skills as part of required coursework, are available in several disciplines.
Library Services and the faculty of Austin Community College work together to develop a plan for the integration of information literacy skills across the curriculum. A college-wide information literacy committee, the Austin Community College Ad Hoc Committee on Information Literacy, was formed to further this cooperation. The committee produced a Final Report in 2001, which described their efforts and the direction of the College in this area.
Library Services assists in the development of information literacy skills