Information Literacy and Library Instruction at TCC

“Instructional Faculty and Librarians Working Together to Empower Students”

The Information Literacy (IL) program at TCC supports the TCC General Education Outcome for Information Literacy: “Students will demonstrate effective information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, and effectively and ethically using information to achieve an academic or professional purpose.“ We provide the resources and instruction to develop critical thinking and promote lifelong learning.

The libraries at TCC provide instruction in the use of information resources across all disciplines at the College. Library Instruction sessions are offered at the main campus or at the Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Educations (GCHE). Other instructional services include the Ask a Librarian service, tutorials linked in online research guides, and scheduled one-on-one research consultations with subject area liaison librarians.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is defined as a set of “integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning” (ACRL, 2016).

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

Developed by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2015, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is a cluster of interconnected broad core concepts that includes dispositions of learners who have developed their Information Literacy abilities in the area, knowledge practices, and performance indicators. It offers great flexibility for contextual implementation within academic disciplines. The Framework is built on six “threshold concepts”:

  1. Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information has Value
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration

Why should I request Library Instruction for my students?

Student success rates in courses correlate positively with librarian-faculty collaboration on information literacy instruction:

Success Data Spring 2015

ENC1101 Success Rates
All sections 59% pass (total students: 1253, passing students: 740)
Students who attended at least one IL class 77% pass (105 had IL, 81 passed)
Sections with no IL class 57% pass (1149 did not have IL, 659 passed)

ENC1102 Success Rates 
All sections 73% pass (total students: 2159, passing students 1585)
Students who attended at least one IL class 83% pass (647 had IL, 540 passed)
Sections with no IL class 69% pass (1512 did not have IL, 1045 passed)

Students gain confidence, learn about key academic resources (i.e. out-of-class support) and are introduced to library faculty who can assist them with academic and personal research needs that will serve them during their time at TCC and beyond.

How Does Information Literacy Instruction Work at TCC?

There are four major components of Information Literacy Instruction at TCC:

Librarian Liaisons

To foster collegial and collaborative relationships with discipline faculty, the library assigns one or more faculty librarians to each academic division. Liaisons work closely with faculty to integrate selected library resources and services into syllabi, LMS course shells, and assignments. Librarians teach information literacy concepts and learning outcomes specific to individual courses so that students acquire the skills necessary to find, locate, evaluate and effectively use a wide variety of information sources relevant to their course of study.

Information Literacy Instruction 

Librarians are happy to provide information literacy instruction to your class on request. As soon as you are able, send a copy of your preferred dates and times to your liaison librarian. If you are not sure of the best time to introduce research skills to your class or if you are still working on developing the assignment, don't hesitate to contact your liaison for assistance.

We develop instruction for each class. This may include a general introduction to library services and basic to advanced research skills as they relate to your assignment. Follow-up sessions are recommended for more in-depth information literacy concepts and assess learning through hands-on research activities. At the end of these sessions, students will be able to conduct the research necessary to be successful on their assignment and be connected with a Librarian who might serve as a personal resource throughout their time at TCC.

Research Guides

TCC Libraries have over 100 Research Guides developed to assist students on course specific research. Collaboratively developed with faculty and continually assessed, these guides point students to specific databases and other resources including books, eBooks, videos, and websites for their course research. Tutorials are embedded throughout the guides on various information literacy concepts including search techniques, plagiarism, citation, source evaluation and more. Many guides also include assignment-specific guidance.

Research Consultations

For students (or faculty) who require more in-depth assistance, the library offers a research consultation service. Students may schedule appointments for individualized assistance from a librarian. These sessions are designed to ensure students retrieve the required research as well as learn the process and techniques that will enable them to conduct research more independently and successfully.

What About Online Classes?

Librarians partner with faculty to ensure that online students receive equivalent instruction to those students who are on campus. Librarians may be added as instructors in any LMS course shell where they can post learning materials, monitor discussion boards on research issues, and hold live teaching sessions.

Your Librarian Liaison can work with you to create customized tutorials and brainstorm creative solutions to information literacy needs.

Available eResources


Library Credit Course

Research Strategies for College Students | Register

LIS 2004 | 1 credit hour (Online Course)

This course allows students to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in college-level research by identifying, evaluating and using diverse information sources from the internet and library databases. Taught by library faculty, this course follows the research process that includes developing topics and thesis statements, creating search strategies, and critically evaluating and ethically citing sources. These research and critical thinking skills are crucial for success not only in college but also in the workplace.


To learn more about this course, visit the catalog.

Student Testimonials

I have been a big "googler" for a while, but this class is like google on steroids. It's taught me so much about how to find much more detailed information on the internet for school, business and personal. - Belinda M.

I have learned how to maneuver around better than before. I have learned a lot about search engines and... how to cite better. I would suggest that everyone should take this class, especially if you are older and not that computer savvy. - Nancy J.

Wow!! (is) the only way I can explain my Internet Research experience. In all honesty, I initially registered for the class to fill schedule space but I am so glad I did.  There was so much that I didn't know. The knowledge I've gained will continue to be very useful in both my academic and professional careers. I would strongly advise students to take this class, the information gleaned from it is essential for success. - Veronica R.

Students who have difficulty navigating the internet or finding credible sources for research papers would find this class a dream come true. - Nicole R.