April 2021 LibLights: Library Instruction During Work From Home
One year ago, in March 2020, SAIT along with many other academic institutions grappled with COVID-19 as they tried to provide students, faculty and staff with the resources they needed. With little time to plan, the Reg Erhardt Library was closed to protect the safety of our patrons and employees and we moved to online services only. During this transition, we were able to deliver digital content and provide multiple opportunities for collaboration and research assistance with students and faculty.
According to the Association of College and Research Libraries, “[i]nformation literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information” (2015).
Our instruction sessions are tailored to disciplinary needs and course assignments to equip students with the tools they need to find, access, and use information in their chosen industries. We partner closely with faculty to develop lessons and assignments that authentically reflect applied information literacy requirements and skills for over 6000 students each year.
Library Instruction at SAIT
Our focus has also been directed at supporting SAIT instructors who are teaching in a virtual learning environment where students access and complete lectures, readings, homework and other learning materials online. We continue to provide services and resources such as:
- Research assistance through Chat Reference, Library FAQ, tipsheets, and LibGuides
- Online research tutorials
- Capstone Project Support
- Research Support for scholarly activity
- Embedded Librarianship
- Open Education Resources (OER)
Librarians remain involved in courses at SAIT, either through direct instruction or through consultation about research requirements. Each school has a dedicated Liaison Librarian with expertise in specific areas and they are available for online consultations via email. When you book an appointment with a librarian they can talk you through any research issue you may be having.
Association of College and Research Libraries. (2015). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved March 17, 2021 from http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework