Burke Library’s Information Literacy Program endeavors to provide students the research skills essential for intellectual exploration and academic success. We believe the core concepts of Information Literacy are critical to laying the foundation for Hamilton's own learning objectives: intellectual curiosity, creativity, understanding of cultural diversity, aesthetic and analytic discernment, and ethical, informed, and engaged citizenship.
Information Literacy is a spectrum of abilities, practices, and habits of mind that extends and deepens learning through engagement with the information ecosystem. It includes:
(Association of College & Research Libraries, November 2014)
Hamilton faculty are encouraged to bring classes or groups to Burke Library for instruction in doing library research. Most library instruction sessions occur during regularly scheduled class time in the library’s Couper Classroom. These sessions can...
Librarians have discovered that students benefit most from hands-on library instruction when their professors provide clearly developed research assignments, prior to the library instruction session. In order to best address information literacy learning objectives, it is highly recommended that a library research assignment is assigned in conjunction with the library instruction session. To arrange for specialized library instruction, contact a liaison librarian to discuss library-related assignments. Faculty may also submit requests through our library instruction form.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of library instruction, the following guidelines are suggested:
Our First Year Experience Librarian, Alexandra Rihm, is available to provide research assistance to first year students, and support their understanding of information resources, skills, and concepts. To provide Hamilton students with a solid base of research and information skills that will serve them in both academic and professional settings, librarians at Hamilton have established First Year Information Literacy Learning Outcomes. To help achieve these outcomes, faculty teaching first year courses are encouraged to contact Alex to discuss the integration of information literacy concepts into the curriucula or request a library instruction session via our convenient instruction menu.
Throughout the year, and by request, librarians or research tutors are available to provide specialized workshops on topics such as RefWorks, E-books, using digital images, and more. For further information, contact your liaison librarian or submit your request through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities for individual consultation with research librarians are available to all students and faculty. Make an appointment with a research librarian for individualized assistance with research papers, senior projects, theses and more. To make arrangements, please stop by the Information Desk in Burke Library or request an appointment through our convenient research appointment request form.
Research librarians and instructional technologists are here to provide collaborative course support to help students develop multimodal learning and presentation skills. Explore the wide range of possibilities for your courses through our Technology in Teaching Showcase.
Librarians are available to create course guides, containing information and links to assignment specific library resources, for faculty to incorporate into their Blackboard course sites. Faculty who wish to utilize this service should consult with their departmental library liaison.