Library Instruction Services

Library Instruction Services Mission

ODU Library Instruction Services contributes to the Library's mission by helping to advance information literacy and scholarship and to foster effective learning experiences for Ohio Dominican University community.

Instruction Services Available 

Instruction Services are available to all faculty and instructors at Ohio Dominican University in all undergraduate and graduate programs, including Adult Continuing Education and online degree programs. 

Course-Integrated Instruction

We offer the following course-integrated and assignment-integrated options:

  • In-class instruction session
  • In-class research consultation
  • Course-associated web page with resources, tutorials, etc. ("Library course pages")
  • Course-associated workshop
  • Consultation for library-related content in Angel
  • Discipline-specific research guides (view brochure)
  • Learning objects on using resources, research strategies, and more
  • Orientations and Tours
  • Other collaborative projects

Instructional Collaboration

Are you interested in working with a librarian to develop a library research assignment for your class, an online component, or other project? Do you need a library or research orientation or learning packet? Please contact our Head, Reference & Instruction Services, or your program/division liaison.

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Instructional Resources for You and Your Students

Information Literacy 

To support the quest for knowledge, all forms of instruction services are undergirded by a concept of philosophy of information literacy.

Information literacy can be defined as:

  • Knowledge of information sources and how information is organized and disseminated; and the
  • Ability to recognize when and how much information is needed in any situation and to locate, obtain, evaluate, and use the information effectively.

Information literacy is a combination of knowledge and a set of skills that forms the basis for high-quality research and life-long learning; and as the ACRL notes, information literacy includes a thorough understanding of libraries, the resources they provide, and common search strategies. (2) According to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education of the Association of College & Research Libraries, (2) an information literate student is able to... 

  1. Determine the nature and extent of the information needed. 
  2. Access needed information effectively and efficiently. 
  3. Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporates select3ed information into his or her knowledge base and value system. 
  4. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose. 
  5. Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally. 

 Information literacy is reflective of the Ohio Dominican University's mission to "contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation" and its commitment to lifelong learning. Information literacy emphasizes the acquisition, evaluation, and synthesis of information necessary for proper reflection of self, the common good, justice, and truth. Consequently, information literacy is a prerequisite for learning to know and understand; learning to act upon knowledge gained; learning to live within the social, political, and cultural spheres of this world; and learning to be.(3) 

For more information on information literacy, visit our web page for the Faculty Development Workshop: Enhancing Information Literacy across the curriculum.


1. Reitz, Jones M. Dictionary for Library and Information Science. Libraries Unlimited, 2004. ODLIS - Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science. 2004. 10 May 2006. http://lu.com/odlis/odlis_i.cfm#infoliteracy.
2. Association of College & Research Libraries. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. 10 November 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm.
3. Delors, J. Learning, The Treasure Within. Report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 1996. Cited in Bruce, Christine Susan. "Information Literacy as a Catalyst for Educational Change: A Background Paper." July 2002. White paper prepared for UNESCO and the National Forum on Information Literacy, for use at the Information Literacy Meeting of Experts, Prague, The Czech Republic. 10 May 2006. http://www.nclis.gov/libinter/infolitconf&meet/papers/bruce-fullpaper.pdf.

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