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Information Literacy at IU Southeast: Library Instruction Policy for Fall 2020

Changes in Library Instruction for Fall 2020

IU Southeast faculty librarians are excited and eager to work with you this semester. Like most campus units, we are doing things differently this semester, but we are still as enthusiastic and committed as ever to teaching our students the skills and concepts they need to access, locate, use, and evaluate information effectively. 

Please see below for an explanation of our new policies and procedures for providing information literacy library instruction this semester. You can contact me, Maria Accardi, Coordinator of Instruction and Reference, at with any questions or concerns. 

We are looking forward to working with you and your students!

  • All information literacy library instruction will be provided 100% online in Fall 2020. There will be no in-person face-to-face library instruction in LB 235 (the library classroom) or anywhere else.  
  • Instructors who want library instruction for their classes should contact Maria Accardi, Coordinator of Instruction and Reference, at to discuss their options.  
  • The instructor will schedule a short (15-minute) Zoom consultation with Maria to have a real-time conversation about their needs and what options are available. The consultation should be scheduled at least two weeks before the instruction is needed. 
  • For a variety of pedagogical and logistical reasons, the timing of library instruction should be carefully considered. It is best to wait until after the first week of the semester to provide library instruction.  
  • Emphasis will be placed on asynchronous library instructional content available via Canvas.  
  • In general, the asynchronous library instruction consists of Canvas modules that address key information literacy concepts: identifying an information need, accessing and using library search tools to locate information, evaluating information for credibility and trustworthiness, and using information ethically.  
  • After discussing their needs in their consultation, Maria can make modifications to customize the modules if needed, such adding a subject-specific element, or addressing more advanced skills. The instructor can then import the module to their Canvas site, or they can add Maria to their Canvas site, and she will do the importing of the module.  
  • If the instructional needs for a class cannot be met with asynchronous instruction, and if the course in question has a synchronous element, scheduled librarian visits to the class via Zoom may be available at the discretion of the coordinator of instruction, depending on librarian availability, pedagogical goals, and available resources. 
  • We look forward to our continued partnership to enhance student success!

About our Program

The Library Instruction Program at Indiana University Southeast seeks to support the educational programs of the University by providing effective, relevant, student-centered instructional services.  Through our instructional services, the Library also seeks to support the successful integration of Information Literacy--one of the University's General Education Goals and Outcomes--into the University curriculum.

The mission of the IU Southeast Information Literacy Library Instruction program is to empower student success through development of information literacy skills and abilities that enable students to:

  • find information to address an information need

  • critically evaluate that information for credibility and relevance

  • actively participate in and contribute to information landscapes of academia, personal life, the workforce, and beyond

  • solve problems and respond to challenges in personal and global settings

We strive to consistently deliver high quality instructional services.  Please feel free to contact Maria Accardi,  Coordinator of Instruction and Reference, and you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns about our instruction program. 

Maria T. Accardi
Librarian | Coordinator of Instruction and Reference


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