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Information Literacy & Library Instruction - Services for Faculty

Our goal is to equip students with the ability to find, select, and evaluate appropriate information resourcse to ensure their academic success at Fayetteville State University and beyond. Information Literacy allows students to evaluate information critically and utilize it ethically. We foster this strategic goal by offering Bibliographic or Libary Instruction at the Charles Chesnutt Library. Classes are held at Charles W. Chesnutt Library in the Library's Conference Room on the 3rd Floor.

Instruction for Students/Classes:

Faculty members may request library instruction sessions for their classes, which are provided by members of the Reference Department and Library Staff who hold a Masters of Library Science Degree. We customize each library instruction session to meet the needs of your individual class and research assignments.  One-on-one appointments can also be requested and made with the librarians, depending upon their schedule and the depth of the instruction needed.

Possible Library Instruction Topics Include:
  • Identifying and using appropriate keywords, subject headings and concepts to build a search strategy.
  • Learning Boolean search techniques to identify relevant information in databases
  • Finding relevant reference sources for background information.
  • Searching the online catalog for books and/or other materials.
  • Identifying and searching relevant databases on the selected topic.
  • Distinguishing between scholarly articles (academic, research, peer-reviewed) and non-scholarly articles (newspapers, magazines, trade journals).  Usually stated as journals versus magazines.
  • Identifying and using primary sources versus secondary sources.
  • Locating, selecting and evaluating scholarly articles.
  • Critically evaluating information sources such as books and articles..
  • Locating, selecting, and evaluating websites.
  • Documenting resources used in a particular citation style (APA, MLA, ASA, Chicago, and using ReWorks, a citation management software).

Contact Diana Amerson at 910-672-1239 or damerson@uncfsu.edu or Jan Whitfield at 910-672-1750, or jwhitfield@uncfsu.edu to schedule an instruction session or tour. You may also contact the liaison or Subject Librarian responsible for your department.

Instruction for Faculty/Departments:

Charles W. Chesnutt Library offers hands-on, Faculty focus workshops for all Fayetteville State University faculty who are interested in learning about information and electronic resources and databases that support their courses and research. Librarians also work with faculty in the development of research assignments for students allowing them to make maximum use of the Library's resources. We tailor Faculty Workshops to best meet your needs, whether it is a group or individual session. Please contact Diana Amerson at 910-672-1239 or Jan Whitfield at 910-672-1750 for an appointment, or for more information on the Library Instruction Program. 

Library Instruction FAQs:
  • How can I help ensure a successful library class?  Make certain that your students understand their research assignment before coming to the session.  Work with the librarian to prepare the session.  Show up and actively participate in the session (i.e. interject information, ask questions, encourage students to ask questions).
  • How far in advance should I request a library instruction class?  While we work hard to accommodate your request as soon as possible, it is not always possible to accomodate a request for a class the next day or during the week of the request.  It is a general rule of thumb to provide at least one, preferably two weeks notice to allow us time to schedule, prepare the presentation and handouts to best meet the academic needs of the instructor and students.
  • Where are the classes held?  Hands-on classes for groups of 20 and under are held at Charles Chesnutt Library in the Conference room on the 3rd floor.  We have laptops available in class during instruction to allow students to conduct sample searches and research during the library instruction class. However, students are welcome to bring their own laptop as the library has FREE Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • Who will teach the instruction session?  Diana Amerson is the primary person responsible for instruction, but all librarians partcipate and are encouraged to teach library instruction in their assigned liaison areas.

Librarian and Assigned Liaison Areas

  • Diana Amerson, Bibliographic Instruction and Distance Education Librarian - Department of English; Department of Government and History; Department of World Languages and Cultures; University College (Freshman Seminar); Continuing Education; Military Education; (All Subject Areas)
  • Jan Whitfield, Head of Public Services and Information Literacy - School of Education; Department of Nursing; Department of Social Work; (All Subject Areas)
  • Robert Foster, Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan - School of Business and Economics
  • Velappan Velappan, Head of Circulation - Department of Matheatics and Computer Science
  • Matthew Lawson, Head of Information Technology - Department of Economics; Department of Biological Sciences; Department of Chemistry and Physics
  • Xian Peng, Head of Cataloging - Department of Psychology; Department of Sociology
  • Jinong Sun, Head of Acquisitions - Department of Philosophy
  • Vera Hooks, Head of Periodicals - Department of Criminal Justice
  • Evelyn Council, Associate Director of Collection Development; Department of Communication; Department f Performing and Fine Arts
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