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CSU-Pueblo Library Instruction

The Library Instruction Program's mission is to support the library through helping the campus community use library resources and encouraging the development of information literacy in individuals. The Library Instruction Program's mission is to support the library through helping the campus community use library resources and encouraging the development of information literacy in individuals.

Programmatic Outcomes

  • Conduct a variety of outreach activities in order to assist campus community in embracing Information Literacy as a collaborative and collective endeavor.
  • Collaborate with constituencies in order to facilitate learning and information-seeking abilities appropriate in for individual levels of scholarship.
  • Integrate principles of critical reflection and student-centered pedagogy in order to cultivate unique, individual and effective skills for all teaching librarians.
  • Commit to evaluating our instructional efforts in order to make improvements to the Library‚Äôs Instruction Program.

Library Instruction Program

Information for Faculty

Library instruction is most effective when it is assignment-driven. Observing the following additional suggestions ensures the most successful instruction:

Plan to:

  • Consult a librarian about the assignment before library instruction: Librarians will work with you to design an appropriate assignment or select the best resources for student research. Email the Instruction Coordinator, Kevin Seeber, your assignment and anticipated outcome or course objective that relates to the library instruction you are requesting.
  • Request instruction sessions early: Instruction requests must be received at least one week in advance to ensure the library can arrange lab space and necessary materials.
  • Avoid assigning library scavenger hunts: Asking students to locate random facts lacks a clear purpose, teaches students little about research, and is very frustrating. If planning a library exercise, contact a librarian at the Library Research Desk, (719) 549-2333, about designing one appropriate to the class.
  • Avoid mob scenes at the library: It is best to direct students to a variety of resources. If an entire class has the same assignment, needed resources will be difficult to access. If it is necessary for the whole class to use a particular source or set of sources, have them put on course reserve through the Circulation Department, (719) 549-2386. If a class is coming to the library to do research please contact the Library Research Desk, (719) 549-2333, so we can best accommodate the class.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students identify key library services in order to know what the library can provide to them.
  • Students differentiate research tools in order to make informed and useful decisions about how to gather trustworthy information.
  • Students construct search strategies in a variety of search systems in order to manipulate results within an information retrieval system.
  • Students apply criteria in order to evaluate information sources.
  • Students recognize the economic, legal, and social issues related to the use of another person's words or ideas and are able to cite and use their sources in an ethical and legal manner.

Information for Community Users

CSU-Pueblo Library Instruction staff will work with your students to provide help using the University's Library to promote an atmosphere of collaboration between area high schools, their media specialists and the CSU-Pueblo library staff. Our objectives include:

  • Contributing to the success of student research
  • Instructing students in information literacy skills in anticipation of their successful transitions from high school to college
  • Promoting positive student attitudes toward academic libraries
  • Promoting CSU-Pueblo and higher education

Discuss your needs with the Instruction Coordinator and schedule a visit. Call Kevin Seeber at (719) 549-2363.

Guiding Agencies

Association of College & Research Libraries