R&ID'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: