Designed to be a collaborative effort between faculty and librarian liaisons, the library's instruction program provides individual and class instruction.
"[the I.L. assessment] raised doubts for me as to whether my high school education prepared me fully for college research papers." -student
- 70% has been the average score on The Information Literacy Assessment, one of the College's annual Placement Exams administered to first-years; it measures basic and intermediate knowledge of library research skills.
- "for over three-fourths (84%) of the students surveyed, the most difficult step of the course-related research process was getting started." -2010 Project Information Literacy Student Survey
- 75% of 71 independent- and honors-project Bowdoin seniors surveyed indicated that they learned their library research skills from a class taught by a reference librarian
Since the inception of the program, 65%-70% of first-year seminars included a research session
- "… incorporate into the course an introduction to information sources and to critical evaluation of source materials." -Faculty Guidelines for FY Seminars
What We Offer
We have developed a multi-faceted, collaborative approach by incorporating traditional, innovative and interactive instruction services to assist students in developing skills to find, evaluate, analyze, and ethically use research resources.