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Library Instruction & Information Literacy: Library Instruction

Information Literacy at Castleton

Our Library Instruction Program provides faculty-requested information literacy instruction, designed and taught by credentialed librarians.

Contact your liaison librarian or use our Library Instruction Request Form to request instruction.  Your liaison librarian is also available to provide advice and feedback on developing and delivering research and information literacy assignments and activities

Request instruction or contact liaison librarian

Contact the liaison librarian for your department about materials in your subject area, to discuss assignments or arrange librarian-led instruction for your class.

Miranda Axworthy Charlotte Gerstein Scott Hertzberg
Athletic Training Archaeology/Geography/Applied Anthropology Criminal Justice
Business/Accounting Art/Graphic Design  
Computer Information Systems Economics  
Exercise Science/Health Science Education  
Mathematics English  
Natural Sciences Environmental Studies  
Nursing Global Studies  
Physical Education/Health Promotion History  
Psychology Media & Communication  
Resort & Hospitality Management Music/Music Education  
Social Work Political Science  
Sociology Social Studies  
Sport Management Theater Arts  


How does the library approach information literacy instruction?

A traditional and common approach to librarian-led information literacy instruction has been:

  • One-shot: Single meeting, often in the library
  • Course-specific: Tailored to the specifics of that course
  • Just-in-time: Before a research assignment is due and at the point of needing sources

This approach may help students with research in a particular course, but it is unlikely to promote an integrative understanding of information literacy concepts.  It also separates information sources from the research and creative process, emphasizing information value around format and “findability” rather than promoting inquiry and conversation.

Since Fall 2017, the Calvin Coolidge Library has been piloting Spartan Savvy, an Integrative Model for our Information Literacy Instruction Program.  Spartan Savvy offers faculty-requested, librarian-led instruction on 13 module topics4 scaffolded instruction sessions, a variety of activities, and resource-specific instruction on research tools.  We continue to offer instruction sessions based on faculty assignments, but we encourage you to request instruction on our new topics!