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PPSC Libraries Instruction Program

It is the mission of PPCC Library Instruction to help students achieve academic success by providing instruction that will develop critical thinking and information literacy skills and create a learning experience that will extend beyond the classroom walls. 

PPSC instruction librarians teach many class sessions each semester, which cover topics related to information literacy. Simply put, people who are information literate can identify what information they need, understand where to look for it, successfully use search and retrieval tools, critically evaluate the available sources, and ethically use the most appropriate ones to meet their need. All of the libraries' instruction is based upon the nationally recognized standard from the Association of College & Research Libraries: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

Understanding the culture of assessment at PPSC, library instructors have reviewed the Pathways for Information Literacy and Inquiry and Analysis and have developed curriculum that addresses some of the Student Learning Outcomes associated with each.

The librarians use a variety of methods to teach information literacy concepts and skills.

  • Most commonly, they make one visit to a class to show the students how to conduct research for a particular assignment.
  • In some cases, the librarians can visit a class several times during a semester. Using the extra time, the librarians teach more complex skills and concepts, and the longer time-frame gives the students time to practice using the new information.

How and What We Teach

Duration: 60 minutes

  • Overview of library and resources
  • Databases demo for a specific assignment
  • Citations with NoodleTools
  • Selecting/Narrowing Topics
  • Scholarly and popular sources
  • Evaluating Sources

Duration: 30 minutes per session

One librarian can come and work with your students several times during the semester. Using shorter, focused lessons, the librarian will target one concept or skill set at a time.

This multi-contact model works for both face-to-face and online classes. Librarians can adapt their lessons for either traditional or flipped classrooms.

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Benefits of Library Instruction

Full-time students from 450 two- and four-year colleges participated in the 2009 Survey of American College Students.

60% responded "Yes" when asked if community colleges should require an information literacy course.

PPSC Student
"I would never have known how many databases are available or how to narrow down my results using search terms and limiters. . . . Schools need to teach their students more [information literacy]."

PPSC Student
"I feel that [information literacy] should be required for students at Pikes Peak State College so that when the students move to the universities they are armed ... for success."
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Schedule a Librarian visit

Please request librarian visits at least one week in advance.

Librarians can visit classes at any PPSC campus, satellite learning location, or online environment.