The librarians in the Research, Instruction & Outreach department of the Meriam Library contribute to student learning at Chico State by facilitating students' curiosity and critical thinking skills in the process of searching for and evaluating information. Information literacy, an essential skill for life-long learning, is therefore central to the learner-centered approach of our teaching librarians. We believe that teaching information literacy skills within the context of course-related research will not only improve student research, but also allow students to apply and transfer these skills to other domains, both in their college careers, and beyond. This evidence-based approach furthers the library's aim of fostering critical thinking, lifelong-learning, and curiosity in our students.
There are several ways the Research, Instruction & Outreach department contributes to student success at Chico State:
- Our information literacy program aims to incorporate information literacy into the university curriculum by focusing our efforts on teaching students these skills during the process of research, particularly during their first year at the university. Faculty can schedule course-integrated information literacy instruction sessions; collaborate with a librarian to discuss assignment design, information literacy skills assessment, incorporation of information literacy skills into courses and syllabi; and use our information literacy learning modules as a starting off point for incorporating information literacy into your courses.
- Our librarians offer subject expertise in a variety of disciplines to help incorporate information literacy instruction throughout the university curriculum. Students and faculty are welcome to set up individual research consultations with a librarian in their subject area or contact a subject librarian about course-integrated instruction.
- Our research desk and chat services offer standing in-person and online opportunities for students and faculty to consult with librarians.
Department Contact: George Thompson Head of Research, Instruction & Outreach