Library Instruction

The Information Focus


The BHCC Library & Learning Commons has developed a series of instruction sessions designed to integrate Information Literacy goals throughout the process of library research at Bunker Hill Community College.

We offer library orientation and instruction in several different ways; see our BHCC Library Instruction Program page for more detail on all the types of instruction available.


The BHCC Library follows the ALA/ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We look at Information Literacy as a set of skills that:

  • Enables people to recognize when information is needed
  • Enables people to locate, evaluate, and effectively use needed information.
  • Forms the basis for lifelong learning.
  • Is common to all disciplines, all learning environments, and all levels of education.

Our goal is always to emphasize the process of research over the outcome of finding an answer.


** The following is the American Association of Community Colleges Position Statement on Information Literacy:

Library Workshop Sessions

The bulk of the library's work in Information Literacy outreach is accomplished through the workshop program, which serves 3,500 to 5,000 students per calendar year.

For more information or to schedule a focus session for a class, instructors should contact Andrew McCarthy at 617-228-2323 or send an e-mail request to for information.