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Faculty Services

Library Instruction

Reference librarians will provide library instruction to classes upon the request of the course instructor.

Library instruction sessions are tailored to specific courses and assignments and may include an introduction to the library catalogOnline Resources and Databases, and an overview of the library's collections and services as well as more detailed presentations on the resources in a given subject area.

Please try to schedule library instruction well in advance. For more information or to schedule a library instruction class, you may:

Information Literacy & Research Fluency

Library instruction at Rhode Island College is based on the Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy. The framework was adopted by ACRL in 2016 and is a set of key threshold concepts an information literate student will develop throughout their college education, and beyond.

In brief, the concepts are:

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

RIC's Committee on General Education (COGE), Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and Committee on the Assessment of Student Outcomes (CASO) ensure the college's Research Fluency standards are included in course offerings across the curriculum and assessed regularly. These standards and assessment rubric are based on the previously adopted ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and corresponding Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Information Literacy VALUE Rubric.


For more information about ACRL standards and guidelines in subject areas and more, see the ACRL Standards, Guidelines and Frameworks list.