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Library Instruction

Research consultations for students & faculty

As schedules permit, Librarians are available for in-depth research consultations. To find out which librarian has expertise in your subject area, check the list of Librarian Subject Areas. Schedule an appointment by contacting the librarian directly.

Library instruction services for faculty

CSUMB Librarians provide course-integrated instruction and faculty and student consulting. If you would like to request a librarian instruction session or consultation, contact:

Important! Do not assume that the session(s) have been scheduled until you receive a confirmation email or call from the Library.

Note that a minimum of two weeks advance notice is required to schedule in-class instruction. We cannot accommodate requests to schedule sessions on shorter notice. Upon receiving your request, the instruction coordinator will call or email you to confirm your requested time slot and instructor or to offer alternatives if your request is not possible.

What is information literacy?

Briefly stated, information literacy is the ability to:

  • Define the Research Topic
  • Determine the Information Requirements for the Research Question
  • Locate and Retrieve Relevant Information
  • Use the Technological Tools For Accessing Information
  • Evaluate Information Organize and Synthesize Information
  • Understand Ethical, Legal, Socio-Political Issues Surrounding Information/Information Technology
  • Use, Evaluate, and Treat Critically Information Received From the Mass Media

Information literacy at CSUMB

The Library collaborates with FYS and select GE courses to deliver the lower division Information Literacy Learning Outcomes. Please see the link on "Information Literacy at CSUMB" for more information and materials.

CSUMB information literacy tutorials

CSUMB has developed a set of tutorials to provide guidance and practical exercises on information literacy. Please click on the "Information Literacy Tutorials" link above to go to the index of tutorials available.

Library instruction program statement of purpose

The CSUMB instruction program is developed around the needs of our student population, the strong pluralism and interdisciplinary focus of our curriculum, and the unique characteristics of our technology intensive environment. In addition to providing classroom instruction, we are committed to delivering information literacy instruction to our distance and online learning community. The instruction program emphasizes the preparation of students who will become competent members of society--personally, professionally and as global citizens. In addition, instruction at Monterey Bay involves all library staff as service providers, contributing to the learning environment.

The information literacy curricula will be a outcome-based four-year program, encompass a students overall academic program and meet the needs of a diverse student population with differing learning styles, and educational and cultural backgrounds.

The library will seek partnerships within the university community to provide students with practical experiences in information literacy. The library instruction program will participate in campus faculty development activities and consistently involve students and the academic community in the formulation of information literacy goals and strategies. We will regularly assess our progress to insure an effective partnership with the academic community.

We recognize that educational pedagogy is a dynamic process and the library instruction program must be open to new ideas. The goal of the CSUMB instruction program is to enable our students to acquire lifelong learning skills and self-sufficiency in the information domain.

(Developed by the CSUMB library staff during an inservice held on January 15, 1998)


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