Information literacy and your classroom

The library staff provides assistance with information literacy and research  skills in a variety of ways.

  • Information literacy sessions in the  classroom  or online, taught by one of our librarians and geared to a specific research assignment.
  •  Classroom instructional sessions,in the classroom or online,  are geared  toward  specific resources, for example  the EBSCO Academic Search Complete database.
  • One- on-one research  sessions with students or faculty are to be made by appointment only. Session can be in the classroom  or online.
  • Assist faculty  in creating assignments that integrate the development of  information literacy  skills into  their coursework.
  • Administer the  Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS ) test  to all Freshman Seminar and EH 112 classes.

Thomas College Library instruction is based on  the ACRL's Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

Instruction Guideline

  1. Instruction session will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis.
  2. We ask that you request instruction sessions at least one week in advance.
  3. Instructors must attend the information literacy sessions and  participate with their  students.
  4. Information literacy instruction is most effective when it is  based on a specific assignments and goals. Information on what assignment is being supported  must be provided  to the Librarian  when the classroom visit is first scheduled. 

To schedule a Personalized  Research Consultation (PERC) please fill out this form.

Please contact Matthew Davis, Assistant Librarian, Reference and Circulation  to schedule a instruction session at or 207-859-1234.


TRAILS:  a real time assessment of Information Literacy Skills for teachers and librarians based on 3rd-12th grade standards.  This flexible tool allows educators to evaluate the strengths and weakness of  individual students information seeking skills. There is no charge for using TRAILS.

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