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Library Information Literacy Instruction


Information Literacy Instruction at the Dillard University Library







The mission of the Will W. Alexander Library’s Information Literacy Instruction Program is to teach members of the Dillard University community to find, evaluate, and use information effectively.




The Will W. Alexander Library’s Information Literacy Instruction Program accepts the definition of information literacy as described by the American College and Research Libraries (ACRL) of the American Library Association.


The Information Literacy Instruction Program will offer classes that will support teaching and learning at Dillard University.


Information literacy skills will help students be successful, not only in their classes and majors at DU, but as life-long learners.


Librarians will work with faculty to identify information literacy goals in their programs and majors and identify the best ways to meet those goals.


Information literacy instruction will adapt to varying learning styles and changing technology.



Policy and Procedures

Instruction provided by librarians includes:

  • A general orientation to the Library for freshmen students enrolled in First Year Experience (FYE) in order to introduce basic Library resources and skills (pre-literacy).
  • Course-related instruction.
  • Faculty workshops.
  • Presentations to special public and community groups including schools.
  • Web-based instruction including the Library website, the CANVAS course management tool and the collection of majors LibGuides for scholarly research @:
  • Individual instruction at the Circulation Desk or by appointment.

Librarians provide instruction to a variety of users including distance learners, nontraditional students, undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and special community groups.  Priority is given to students, faculty, and staff of Dillard University.



Off-Campus Instruction

DU students, staff and faculty have direct access to the library staff through Reference Chat, email, the library’s website, social media and via phone during scheduled Library hours. Librarians conduct most library sessions in the Information Literacy Classroom on the 1st floor of the Library, where each student has access to a computer or use their own mobile device. This creates an environment for 21st century active teaching and learning.



Scheduling a Session

To schedule a session, a professor or individual may contact the Coordinator of Information Literacy or the Library Liaison for a specific department. Library sessions work best when they are designed to support a specific project or assignment(s).  Instructional Faculty are encouraged to share information about the assignment and the course with the librarians before the session. Scheduling of sessions is dependent on the availability of librarians and the classroom. Active participation by the course instructor is important. It helps students understand the connection between information literacy skills and their course content.  Faculty should accompany their class to the Library session.



Public School Visits

The Library will provide information literacy instruction to K-12 schools and to Dillard University community groups if time, scheduling and staff allow.




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Dr. Germaine Carey-Palmer

Information Literacy & Cataloging Librarian

Dillard University Will W. Alexander Library


Office: 504-816-4254

Main Desk: 504-816-4786

Main Desk Email:

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