Instruction Programs

Information Literacy at BHCC 

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

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.

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

The BHCC Library gives instruction on multiple levels.

Step One: Orientation 

Ideally, the library meets new students with a library orientation sessions. These are not designed as Information Literacy sessions; rather they are an entirely separate type of instruction.

Orientation sessions emphasize the basic infrastructure aspects of library research: the basics of getting a library card, the locations of library copiers, etc.

We stress to our students and faculty on these orientation tours that we are not attempting to give the entirety of the information-seeking process in on session.

We are giving people the basic tools they need to begin discussing the information-seeking process.

Step Two: Integrate Information Literacy in Multiple Ways

The Library offers Information Literacy sessions in three main formats:

  • Subject-focused workshop sessions: Designed collaboratively with a BHCC instructor and tailored to the specific information-seeking needs and issues attached to a class assignment.
  • One-on-one student sessions: Available via sign-up sheet at the Public Services Desk. The focus is on the specific research task of the requesting student.

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.