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The library welcomes everyone back to campus and hopes you had a wonderful break!

As you may be aware, information literacy is a key institutional learning goal for students and it is comprised of a complex, higher order critical thinking skill set that develops over time and practice. To that end, the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library offers a range of services designed to help students develop their information literacy skills. The library encourages faculty and staff to offer these services to students to assure that they are prepared to successfully complete assignments that require information literacy skills – narrowing topics, finding and evaluating sources, using sources with integrity, etc.

Library instruction sessions: These sessions are typically scheduled during regular class time and they can be held in the Library Learning Center or in the classroom where the class typically meets. The sessions are conducted by a member of our instruction team, and the content is tailored to the needs of the particular class or assignment. To schedule a session, click on the link and fill in the requested information.

Embedded librarian: Faculty can request to have a librarian dedicated to a particular course. The librarian can attend specific class meetings, have access to assignments and be available for one-on-one consults with students. Contact Pat Coward, assessment coordinator for the Library, for further information or to arrange for an embedded librarian.

Book-A-Librarian: Students can request an appointment to meet with a reference librarian for one-on-one or small group consultations. Appointment times can be for 15 minutes to an hour, and follow up sessions are always available. Students can make a request by clicking on the link, emailing or in person at the service desk.

Drop-In: A reference librarian is on duty at the service desk every day until midnight. Students are encouraged to bring their questions about research, sources, citations, etc.

Virtual reference 24/7: Library patrons can access a virtual reference librarian anytime and any day of the week. Access the virtual reference form here. Please note that this service is part of a consortium, and it will be likely that the reference librarian is from a library other than the Canisius library.

Submitted by: Patricia Coward, PhD, assessment coordinator, Library