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Library Instruction at USC Upstate


The USC Upstate Library Instruction Program supports the educational mission of the USC Upstate Library by teaching information literacy concepts and skills that facilitate proficiency in the research process and enhance critical thinking. By preparing students to be proficient in these areas, the program also supports the University’s metropolitan mission. Information literacy concepts and skills are necessary for our graduates to participate effectively as responsible citizens in a diverse, global, and knowledge-based society, to pursue excellence in their chosen careers and to continue learning throughout life.


The USC Upstate Library Instruction Program assists USC Upstate students in acquiring and developing information literacy—a core competency that achieves mastery of the research and critical-thinking concepts and skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, evaluate, and use information effectively, efficiently, and ethically. The Library Instruction Program collaborates with classroom faculty and staff as essential partners in teaching information literacy, targets courses and programs for instruction and support to ensure that information literacy is integrated into the curriculum, and generally promotes information literacy throughout the university community.

(Vision and Mission Statements as approved by USC Upstate librarians 21 November 2008)

Program Outcomes

1. Facilitates student learning of research skills and processes in order to successfully complete coursework and achieve academic success.

2. Targets courses and academic programs for library instruction and support in order to integrate information literacy throughout the curriculum.

3. Collaborates with faculty and staff university-wide in order to ensure a comprehensive and timely approach to teaching information literacy and research skills.

4. Promotes information literacy university wide in order to encourage collaboration and gain recognition for information literacy as a core competency.

(Program Outcomes as approved by USC Upstate librarians 23 January 2009)

Schedule a Library Instruction Session

To schedule a library instruction session, contact Andrew Kearns, Coordinator of Library Instruction, or look under the Library Instruction Liaison tab to find your subject liaison. The plagiarism prevention workshop is now offered online and may be found on our Literati by Credo platform.

Our Library Instruction Program

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 "short sessions" on a single resource or topic, librarian-assisted research periods in the library or your classroom, plagiarism workshops, 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.