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Information Literacy and Library Instruction: Overview

Information about the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library's Information Literacy and Instruction Programs and Services, scheduling instruction sessions for your courses, information literacy and research-based curriculum development, and more.

Instruction Coordinator

Linda LeBlanc
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Contact:
HA-102, Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library, Hammond Hall
978-665-3062
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The Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library offers On-campus, Extended Campus, Distance Learning and Embedded Librarian Instruction Programs to help prepare all of our students to be information literate in the 21st century. 

Information Literacy is more than the set of integrated abilities to identify what information is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information. It is also the understanding of how information is produced and valued, using information to create new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

As such, our library instruction programs integrate information literacy skills with the core concepts of the Association of College & Research Libraries' (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education:

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

The On-campus, Extended Campus, and Distance Learning programs provide individualized and tailored library instruction sessions at the request of the faculty member which can be conducted in our Library Instruction Lab or in your own classroom.

  • On Campus: the Library Instruction Lab (Library, HA-101), your classroom, or one of the mediated classrooms/computer labs across campus (pending availability).
  • Online: Synchronous and asynchronous options are available – contact Linda to discuss courseware/software options.
  • Extended Campus: A librarian will come out to your course at your site location. 

The Embedded Librarian Instruction Program provides an extended partnership between the instruction librarian and the faculty member by embedding the librarian into either the online portion of the course and/or the physical classroom to deliver library instruction content, research support, and more to the students for an extended time period (several weeks up to the full semester).

For more information about these library instruction programs refer to Types of Sessions.

Meet Your Instruction Librarians

Renee Fratantonio, Instruction & Research Librarian

Renee Fratantonio - Instruction & Research Librarian

I conduct instruction sessions in our On-campus, Distance Learning and Embedded Librarian Instruction Programs.
My Subject Specialties:
  • Geo/Physical Sciences
  • Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Linda LeBlanc, E-Learning & Instruction Librarian

Linda LeBlanc - E-Learning & Instruction Librarian

I conduct instruction sessions in our On-campus, Extended Campus, Distance Learning and Embedded Librarian Instruction Programs.
My Subject Specialties:
  • Business
  • Distance Learning
  • Education
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Nursing
  • Occupational/Vocational Education
  • Special Education
  • Technology Education

Asher Jackson, Reference, Archives & Special Collections Librarian

Asher Jackson - Reference, Archives & Special Collections Librarian

I conduct instruction sessions in our On-campus and Embedded Librarian Instruction Programs.
My Subject Specialties:
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • History
  • Industrial Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Psychology
  • Theater

Connie Strittmatter - Public Services Librarian

I conduct instruction sessions in our On-campus and Embedded Librarian Instruction Programs.
My Subject Specialties:
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Disabilities Studies
  • Law/Legal Studies
  • Mathematics

Sherry Packard - Reference & Research Services Librarian

I conduct asynchronous library instruction content in our Embedded Librarian Instruction Program.
My Subject Specialties:
  • Communications Media
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Game Design
  • Interdisciplinary Studies