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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Library Instruction Program is to promote Information Literacy by teaching students to use Library resources and services effectively.

Overall Goals:

Help students develop the critical thinking skills necessary to retrieve and evaluate information resources.

Help students utilize various resources of information and identify when and how to ask for assistance.

Complement other classroom learning and enable students to identify information resources pertinent to their course work and research.

Teach concepts and processes of information retrieval.

Prepare students for effective life-long use of library and information resources.

Library Instruction Options

Library Instruction and Workshops consists of:

Student Workshops - These are drop-in, 30-minute sessions offered on a variety of topics for our Dalton State students.  The schedule for workshops is posted on bulletin boards around campus, the library's webpage, and in LibGuides.  Registration is required.

Small Group Workshops for Students From Your Class - A librarian will meet with students from your class during or outside of class time to address specific information-gathering needs.  Small group workshops may be held in the library or your regular classroom and can last from 20 minutes to 2 hours based on the professor's request.  Contact Melissa Whitesell ( or David Brown ( to schedule.

Library Instruction Sessions - While most library instruction is conducted in a one-time, 50-minute session, librarians are available to meet with your class over multiple sessions throughout the semester.   During the session(s), a librarian can provide instruction for the following:

Basic Library Skills (35 min.)
Students will learn how to develop a topic, use effective search strategies and determine appropriate sources for research.

In-Depth Citation Instruction (45 min.)
Students will learn to decode citation information and develop citations using MLA, APA or Chicago/Turabian style.

General Topic Databases (20 min.)
Students will learn strategies for locating articles in Academic Search Complete, Research Library, Opposing Viewpoints, SIRS Knowledge source databases.

Subject-specific Databases (20 min.)
Students will learn to use discipline-specific databases such as LexisNexis, Social Work Abstract, CINAHL, or Literature Resource Center.

Popular vs. Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Articles (10 min.)
Students will learn the differences between articles found in magazines or newspapers and those found  in scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. Students will learn strategies for locating the different types of articles using the GALILEO databases.

Customizing Database Searches (20 min.)
Students will learn how to manage electronic information by utilizing personalization features such as folders, citation generators and search alerts.

Web Resources (30 min.)
Students will discover features of authoritative web sites for a specific subject discipline.

Evaluating Sources (15 min.)
Students will learn criteria for evaluating books, articles, and web sites for accuracy, authority, currency and relevance.

Additionally, librarians will work with faculty to develop research guides as well as other types of instructional materials for inclusion in D2L and online/hybrid courses.   

Planning a visit

  1. Instruction should be requested at least 7 days in advance.  Give at least one alternative date/time in case the course instructor’s first preference is unavailable.  Click on the Library Instruction Request Form tab to fill out our online request form.

  2. Library instruction sessions are held in the wireless classroom of the Library (Room 113). The library classroom seats 30 students. If your class has more than 30 students  registered, it may be necessary for a librarian to visit your classroom for the instructional session.

  3. Please let us know if a student has any special needs so we may make appropriate accommodations.

  4. The librarian assigned to meet with the class will issue a confirmation.  Please confer with the librarian who is  scheduled to provide instruction and discuss your assignment, potential  topics, and library resources. 

  5. The librarian will provide you with copies of handouts distributed at the  library instruction session to convey the contents of the session to absent students.