Library Instruction Services

Library Instruction Services Mission

ODU Library Instruction Services contributes to the Library's mission by helping to advance information literacy and scholarship and to foster effective learning experiences for Ohio Dominican University community.

Course-Integrated Instruction  Library Course Pages  Library Workshops 
Orientation  Instructional Collaboration  Instructional Resources 

Instruction Services Available 

Instruction Services are available to all faculty and instructors at Ohio Dominican University in all undergraduate and graduate programs, including LEAD and distance learning degree programs.

Course-Integrated Instruction

We offer the following course-integrated and assignment-integrated options:

  • In-class instruction session
  • In-class research consultation
  • Course-associated web page
  • Course-associated workshop
  • Consultation for library-related content in Angel
  • Other collaborative projects

Request Librarian Instruction 

Library Course Pages

Library online course pages are typically links of annotated class resources:

  • Created by librarians
  • Created in collaboration with faculty
  • Customized to specific course needs

In addition, the library has online course pages and information literacy components for the CORE seminars.

View current Course Pages | View CORE Library Components |  Request a Library Course Page | More information 

Library Workshops

Library workshops are available as course-associated or program-associated events outside the classroom.

Request a Workshop for your Students 

Orientations and Tours

Librarians offer library orientations and tours of varying lenths and specific to your needs.

Request Orientation Session | Request a Library Tour | Take an online Library Tour 

Instructional Collaboration

Are you interested in working with a librarian to develop a library research assignment for your class, an online component, or other project? Do you need a library or research orientation or learning packet? Please contact our Head, Reference & Instruction Services, or your program/division liaison.

Instructional Resources

Information Literacy 

To support the quest for knowledge, all forms of instruction services are undergirded by a concept of phiolosophy of information literacy.

Information literacy can be defined as:

  • Knowledge of information sources and how information is organized and disseminated; and the
  • Ability to recognize when and how much information is needed in any situation and to locate, obtain, evaluate, and use the information effectively.

Beyond just computer literacy or library orientation, information literacy is a combination of knowledge and a set of skills that forms the basis for high-quality research and life-long learning. Since the library is an integral part of connecting individuals with information, information literacy also includes a thorough understanding of "how libraries are organized, familiarity with the resources they provide (including information formats and automated search tools), and knowledge of commonly used research techniques." (1) ODU Library's Instruction Services and Reference Services are therefore closely intergrated to provide a successgul encounter with the resources and services the Library provides.

 According to theInformation Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education ofthe Association of College & Research Libraries, (2) an information literate student is able to... 

  1. Determine the nature and extent of the information needed. 
  2. Access needed information effectively and efficiently. 
  3. Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporates select3ed information into his or her knowledge base and value system. 
  4. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose. 
  5. Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally. 

 Information litereacy is reflective of theOhio Dominican University's mission to "comtemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this comtemplation" and its commitement ot lifelong learning. Information literacy emphasizes the acquistion, evaluation, and synthesis of information necessary for proper reflection of self, the common good, justice, and truth. Consequently, information literacy is a prerequisite for learning to know and understand; learning to act upon knowledge gained; learning to live within the social, political, and cultural spheres of this world; and learning to be.(3) 

For more information on information literacy, visit our web page for the Faculty Development Workshop: Enhancing Information Literacy across the curriculum.


1. Reitz, Jones M. Dictionary for Library and Information Science. Librarie Unlimited, 2004. ODLIS - Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science. 2004. 10 May 2006. http://lu.com/odlis/odlis_i.cfm#infoliteracy.
2. Association of College & Research Libraries. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. 10 November 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm.
3. Delors, J. Learning, The Treasure Within. Report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 1996. Cited in Bruce, Christine Susan. "Information Literacy as a Catalyst for Educational Change: A Background Paper." July 2002. White paper prepared for UNESCO and the National Forum on Information Literacy, for use at the Information Literacy Meeting of Experts, Prague, The Czech Republic. 10 May 2006. http://www.nclis.gov/libinter/infolitconf&meet/papers/bruce-fullpaper.pdf.

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