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Integrate Library Instruction in Your Online Courses

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Integrate Library Instruction in Your Online Courses

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Information literacy is critical to the success of a student, as many students fail due to not knowing how to find quality resources. While many instructors recognize this need, they normally incorporate it into their courses by asking a librarian to come in to do a library session or tour of the actual library. But as an undergraduate, I took these as days to mentally “check out,” and enjoy what I considered to be a break from the “real” learning. Even in my graduate studies, I never appreciated the benefits of what the library could offer me as a student (ironically, since I was studying to be a librarian), precisely because I viewed library instruction as something optional. A far better method is to integrate library instruction in the course itself. Fortunately, online classrooms make such integration a relatively easy task.

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