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Library Instruction Program Mission

The library instruction program’s mission is to foster the development of information literacy and critical thinking skills, enabling students to successfully meet curricular requirements and become life-long learners. In an effort to enrich student learning for students of differing learning preferences and skill levels in the physical and virtual classroom, the library provides instruction through methods that are responsive to technological and pedagogical change.

Library Instruction Program Goals

  • To develop critical thinking skills in students as they find, use, and evaluate information
  • To build strong collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and community members
  • To provide information literacy instruction in a variety of formats to allow for access by diverse learners
  • To establish a system of assessment of student learning outcomes for all library instruction
  • To periodically evaluate the library instruction program and make revisions as necessary

Requesting Library Instruction

One of the primary goals of the library is to provide quality instruction opportunities for GSW students, and these opportunities often occur in collaboration with faculty. The library can provide instruction for classes on any of the topics listed below or others as requested; however, in an effort to provide the most meaningful and constructive instruction experiences for students, it’s encouraged that faculty limit requests to 3-4 of the topics per 50 minute class period. The reference librarian can also work with faculty to create research projects, design workshops, or make available online tutorials and guides. Because faculty work so closely with students, they are often the first to notice areas in which students could use extra help from the library instruction program, so please don’t hesitate to let the library know if you observe a need for our services.

The following topics can be addressed during library instruction sessions. If you have a specific topic for your class, please inform the librarian when you make your request.

Topic Exploration

  • creating concept maps
  • finding appropriate keywords
  • using Google and Wikipedia responsibly

Using Gil-Find

  • search strategies
  • Boolean search operators
  • Gil-Find Express
  • Interlibrary Loan


  • search strategies
  • choosing an appropriate database

Website Evaluation

  • evaluating online content based on currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose
  • using Google and Wikipedia responsibly

Journal/Article Evaluation

  • evaluating periodicals based on currency, relevance, authority, and accuracy
  • Peer-Reviewed vs. Popular Sources

Citation Creation

  • reference sources for citation styles (style manual, OWL Purdue, etc.)
  • creating citations in a specific citation style

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • deciding when to cite
  • how to cite a direct quote vs. a paraphrase
  • understanding common knowledge

Using Primary Sources

  • understanding the difference between primary and secondary sources
  • critically examining primary sources (using special collections materials as examples)

Please feel free to email a librarian at if you have specific needs or questions.

Library Instruction Feedback

To provide feedback about library instruction whether for a class session, one-on-one reference interaction, or an online library instruction module (like a tutorial or research guide), please fill out the form at the following link. Your feedback is appreciated.

Library Instruction Evaluation

Foundations of Information Literacy Course

The Foundations of Information Literacy Course (LIBR1101) is offered every year during Spring Semester in either in-person or online format. This course explores the impact of information on academics, work, and life. Students will learn information literacy concepts, theory, and practical applications in order to gain the necessary skills to acquire, evaluate, organize, and present data collected via a variety of media. The knowledge and skills gained in this course create a foundation for academic success and lifelong learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to understand the theory and concepts of Information Literacy and the information seeking process by:
    • Choosing, defining and limiting a research problem
    • Identifying appropriate types of resources to answer the information need
    • Locate print, electronic, and multimedia resources
  2. Students will practice ethical use of information and to evaluate information and its sources critically by:
    • Articulating and applying criteria for evaluating both the information and its source
    • Evaluating the usefulness of retrieved information to the research problem
    • Understanding the definition and various forms of plagiarism and its impact on academic success and future goals
  3. Students will work toward proficiency in the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education through:
    • Understanding theory and practical application of Information Literacy
    • Developing skills in identifying and defining information needs
    • Developing skills for advanced research using print and electronic information sources

THE GSW Experience (UNIV 1000)

UNIV 1000 instructional materials are available to instructors who wish to include these services within the course's program. The PowerPoints and quiz are available in GeorgiaVIEW.

Embedded Librarian Services

The James Earl Carter Library offers the ability to have an embedded librarian in any fully online course. The embedded librarian provides helpful resources and answers questions through the existence of an “Ask the Librarian” forum, and can also provide online tutorials and guides for your online course. Please feel free to contact a librarian at to include an embedded librarian in your course.

Library Computer Lab Use

The Library has an electronic classroom available for instruction or testing that is located on the first floor of the James Earl Carter Library and funded by student technology fees. There are 30 ADA compliant computers in the lab with USB drives, Microsoft Office products, Internet Explorer, and appropriate browser plug-ins. Please contact Administrative Computing about additional software availability and/or requirements.

The classroom also has a stationary and a portable whiteboard and an LCD ceiling-mounted projector system.  In addition to the 30 computer stations, the room will seat an additional 10-15 people.

Requests for instruction of classes may be made by telephone. Please call the library at 229-931-2259. Requests may also be made by e-mail to Kay Bell.

Subject Guides

The library provides access to online library guides for a wide variety of subjects. To access subject guides in various disciplines or for a specific course, please click here. If you are a faculty member and would like to recommend the creation or improvement of a library guide, please contact a librarian at

Library Tutorials

The library offers interactive online tutorials for students to use at point of need, for incorporation in online instruction, and for use in a flipped classroom environment. All tutorials can be found here.

To request that a tutorial on a particular topic be created or to give feedback on the tutorials, please email a librarian at


Workshops relating to research, the use or evaluation of information, or instruction & technology are available to be offered by the library. To request a workshop, please email a librarian at Past workshop topics include:

  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Search Strategies
  • Incorporating Information Literacy in Instruction
  • Using Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom

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