The USC Upstate Library Instruction Program leads campus efforts in helping students acquire the information literacy competency necessary for productive lives in a knowledge-based society.
The Instruction Program supports the educational mission of the USC Upstate Library and the metropolitan mission of the university by teaching information literacy skills and concepts to students through a variety of methods, collaborating with classroom faculty and staff in integrating information literacy into the curriculum, and promoting information literacy as a core competency.
1. Facilitates student learning of research skills and processes in order to successfully complete coursework.
2. Teaches information literacy skills through a variety of methods in order to reach a majority of students.
3. Collaborates with faculty and staff university-wide in order to integrate information literacy instruction into the curriculum in a comprehensive and cohesive manner.
4. Promotes information literacy university wide in order to encourage collaboration and gain recognition for information literacy as a core competency.
(Vision, Mission, and Program Outcomes approved by Upstate Librarians December 11, 2015)
At USC Upstate, librarians collaborate with classroom faculty in a number of ways to provide information literacy instruction to our students. We have a First-Year Information Literacy Program for our students enrolled in University 101, English 101 and English 102. For other courses, collaboration may take the form of one or more formal library instruction sessions in one of our library computer labs or a smart classroom elsewhere on campus, at the University Center in Greenville, or through closed-circuit television or streaming video via the Internet for distance education classes. We also provide "partial sessions" on a single resource or topic, librarian-assisted research periods in the library or your classroom, online course support, assistance with designing library-related assignments and handouts or library guides for specific resources or topics, and instruction in less formal settings: one-on-one conferences in our offices, at the reference desk, and through our Library Guides and web-based Tutorials.