Services for First Year Students

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Information Literacy and First Year College Students


This wiki entry has been added to help promote and improve information literacy education for first year college students.

For more on general Information Literacy Instruction, see the entry [[1]]

Library Instruction-Why?

ACRL statements and standards about information literacy apply to first year students particularly.

See the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

See also the accompanying document: Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction: A Model Statement for Academic Librarians

From the ACRL document: "As educators, we understand that the unprecedented growth in the creation and availability of information means that we cannot teach students everything they need to know; rather, we aim to teach them to find information as needed and analyze it critically. Individuals who are information competent will be able to assume greater control over their learning and decision making in every stage of life."

Types of FYE seminars and examples of library interraction

In 1992, The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition established definitions for the five most common types of first year seminars on college campuses. These definitions are still applicable today and in fact, this type of course in all its variations is more prominent than ever in higher education across the country. The five types of seminars include:

Click on the seminar type to see instruction examples from various colleges and universities.

We have added 2 more categories to account for contact outside of FYE seminars:

(Tobolowsky, B. F. (2005)The 2003 National survey on First-Year Seminars: Continuing innovations in the collegiate curriculum. Columbia, SC : National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.)


See [ACRL bibliography]


How to add to this section

Use this format:

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For type, use "2" for 2-year institution, "4" for 4-year institution, "4+" for graduate For fund, use either "pub" for publicly funded or "priv" for privately funded For size, use "v. sm" for up to 999, "sm" for 1,000 to 4,999, "med" for 5,000-20,000, "lge" for 20,000+

Ex: Chatham College, 600 students,private, 4-year college = 4/priv/v sm Ohio University, 21,000, public, grad and med colleges = 4/pub/lge