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Instruction

The mission of the Information Literacy Instruction Program at the Hiram College Library is to enable members of the college community to become effective, ethical, and evaluative seekers and users of information.

To set up a Instruction Session please contact your department liaison, download the Instruction Session Form, or fill it out online.

First Year Program

Information Literacy Instruction is an integrated part of both the Freshman Colloquium (FRCL) and the First-Year Seminar (FSEM). If you are slated to teach one of these classes, you should be contacted by the Information Literacy/Instruction Librarian ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or another librarian, shortly before the semester starts, in order to set up an appointment and to discuss details. Below is a list of the activities/topics that will be covered with your class:

FRCL (One visit in the library):

  • Brief tour of the building, concentrating on the first floor.
  • Overview of the library's website and the tools found there.
  • Performing basic searches using appropriate tools.
  • Differences between scholarly and popular sources.
  • Web site evaluation.
  • The role of librarian in research.

FSEM (One visit in the library):

  • Primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
  • Performing advanced searches, such as with subject specific databases.
  • Boolean logic and its application to online searching.
  • Generating search strategies, including identifying appropriate databases.
  • The Information Search Process.
  • Faculty members are required to preview the session as it applies to the associated assignment, to be present during the session, and to revisit the topics covered in the session in subsequent class meetings.

Beyond the First Year Program

Instruction beyond the First Year Program can consist of everything from a 5 minute presentation to a multi-visit workshop. Like the sessions that are given in FRCL and FSEM classes, we prefer to have the instruction session associated with a specific assignment. This service is available to all Hiram College classes in the traditional program, in the Weekend College, and in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program. An overview of some possible topics that could be covered follows:

  • Constructing advanced search strategies for complex, semester-long projects.
  • Comprehensive search methods, including following citation trails.
  • In depth instruction in the use of specific databases.
  • Finding raw data, such as statistics, on the web.
  • Working with specific, complex websites.
  • Faculty members interested in this kind of instruction should contact either his/her departmental liaison, or the Information Literacy/Instruction Librarian ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Please give us at least 2 weeks notice to plan and find a mutually convenient date.

Outside the Disciplines

The Information Literacy Instruction Program is also capable of giving sessions outside of the traditional classroom/disciplines. Some possibilities for this kind of instruction are:

  • Working with faculty as they work with non-Hiram students.
  • Workshops for the entire campus previewing new resources.
  • Library orientation sessions for new faculty & staff.
  • To set an appointment for the any of the above, or other kinds of sessions, please contact the Information Literacy/Instruction Librarian ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Please give us at least one week's notice to plan and find a date.
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