Library: Reading is Sexy
The library is no longer only for pocket protector-wearing poindexters pursuing periodicals from days past. Books are officially cool (again) and the librarians at PCC are here to help you find your A-game in Information Literacy.
Students seeking more effective research skills can begin their journey in classes that have direct information literacy learning outcomes. Classes like Biology 101, ESOL 262, Environmental Studies 200, Honors 101, Psychology 201A, Reading 115, and Writing 121 run the gamut in the humanities, social science, and hard sciences so that students can learn to find reliable, peer-reviewed information to make informed arguments and decisions. These classes adhere to PCC’s Core Outcome of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving which vows to teach students to
“identify and investigate problems, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate methods of reasoning to develop creative and practical solutions to personal, professional, and community issues.”
As students develop their investigative and problem-solving skills they will delve deeper into the subjects that stir their passions. Even then, having a guide help them pinpoint the exact article, book, or periodical they need to answer a question or finish a project can be the difference between spending all their free time looking for answers or using the information they need to develop their own ideas. That’s where Subject Liaison Librarians enter the picture. Using the expertise of well-informed academics to gather information is a far more efficient use of time than aimlessly searching and poring over the dearth of data on any given subject. This partnership can also last through graduation and into the professional world.
Information Literacy requires the tools for accessing the information that students need to pursue the answers to the questions that drive their curiosity. And the library even has students lacking those tools covered! Technology such as: laptops, calculators, digital cameras, voice recorders, and more require only a valid PCC student ID to access them so that students can master the skills of the information age and unlock their potential.
Instructors can do their part to acquaint students with the library by providing a set of required materials on Course Reserve. Eliminating one of the biggest out-of-pocket costs to students (textbooks) can, at minimum, save their students much needed funds. It’s also a clever way to get them inside of a building they might otherwise avoid. Instructors can also empower their students by connecting them to meaningful support and information literacy instruction by making a Library Instruction Request or by checking out the Information Literacy Teaching Materials toolkit. In either case, students can get the information they need to ensure their success.
The educational process is a collaboration between students and faculty that requires students to learn how to learn before they can dig deeper. By ensuring that all students are aware of the resources available to them, we can engage in meaningful conversations that lead to practical conclusions rather than remaining in the echo chambers that doom us to dogmatic partisanship that is tearing society apart.