The College of Charleston Libraries strive to ensure users have access to regular and timely instruction in the use of our libraries and other learning/information resources. Our multifaceted approach provides scheduled instruction throughout the curriculum as well as instruction at the user’s point of need. Scheduled Instruction is proactive instruction such as information literacy sessions and workshops where Librarians and/or Archivists instruct students, faculty, staff, or affiliates in a scheduled, structured setting often aligned with the College curriculum or specific student learning outcome. Point of Need Instruction is reactive instruction such as questions (<15 minutes) and consultations (> 15 minutes) where students, faculty, staff, or affiliates initiate a request for personalized instruction based on their current need or assignment.
The program, guided by the Library Instruction Advisory Committee, adheres to the American Library Associations’ (ALA) Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) standards and framework for information literacy in higher education. Assessment results from the various facets inform program changes and are available in the CofC Libraries Instruction Assessment Research Guide.
Head of Research & Instruction
Instruction Contacts by Location
Coordinator of Instruction
Scholars Studio, Addlestone Library
Jolanda "Joey" Van Arnhem
Scholar's Studio Librarian
Mary Jo Fairchild
Manager of Research Services
Avery Research Center
Manager of Archival Services
Instruction Contacts by Discipline
After clicking the link below, use the pull-down menu to select your discipline.
The College's Libraries strive to collaborate with faculty of every discipline to teach students research, information, and digital literacy skills. Librarians work closely with the faculty member to develop a special lecture that focuses on the type of research and content specific to each course. Librarians can also create web based library research guides and help instruct students in other tools (iMovie/Moviemaker, Wordpress/Blogger, Google Apps, Prezi, etc.) that specifically incorporate library resources related to your course. By having a librarian deliver a special lecture for your curriculum, the librarian can assist you by helping your students:
Many faculty members report receiving better research papers from their students following library instruction sessions.
The Access & Instruction Desk provides the CofC community with answers to research and computing questions. Visit us on the 1st floor of Addlestone Library or contact us using any of the methods below.