Library Instruction

The Information Focus

With an eye on preparing students to succeed not only in the classroom, but in an increasingly technology-oriented workplace, the BHCC Library has developed a series of instruction sessions and interaction guidelines designed to integrate Information Literacy goals throughout the process of library research at BHCC. 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 ALA/ACRL definitions and standards for Information Literacy. 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.

This definition informs everything from the style of interactions at the Public Services Desk to the design of Information Literacy workshops. Our goal is always to emphasize the process of research over the outcome of finding an answer.

Library Workshop Sessions

The bulk of the library's work in Information Literacy outreach is accomplished through the workshop program, which serves 4,000 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.

To schedule a session please complete the Workshop Request Form