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Information Literacy Program at Russell Library

Core Courses

Research Consultations

Research Consultations 

One-on-one consultations with a librarian. Librarians help formulate search strategies, identify possible sources and suggest additional relevant library resources. Consultations typically take 30min to 1 hour.  Average Number of Consultations per semester: 238. 

Additional Course Assistance

Online Videos for foundational skills in: 

•    Information Literacy 
•    Critical Thinking 
•    Logic and Reasoning 
•    Communication 
•    Culture and Citizenship 
Developed using a backwards design process mapped to outcomes and national standards:
•    AAC&U VALUE Rubrics
•    ACRL Framework
•    National Standard for Financial Literacy
•    NACE Career Competencies


Research Guides 

Assignment specific guides tailored to each course. (Upon request) 


Library Courses

Library Credit Courses 

GC1Y: Critical Information Literacy (3 Credits) This course will help students to understand the social construction and political aspects of libraries and information. By problematizing the information ecosystem, students will have an opportunity to critically evaluate the forces that shape information production and dissemination and become empowered to make informed decisions about their own information habits. 

GC1Y: From Brown and Gold to Green and Blue: The History of Georgia College (3 Credits) 

Through an extensive review of primary and secondary resources, students will gain an overview of the history of Georgia College from its founding as the Georgia Normal & Industrial College in 1889 to the present day.  This class will frequently require you to visit Special Collections in the Ina Dillard Russell Library.

GC1Y Information in Times of Crisis (3 Credits) 

As facts, rumors, and fears mix and disperse during times of crisis, it becomes challenging to learn essential information about an issue. Exploring and analyzing the vast amount of information, misinformation, disinformation, rumors, and propaganda surrounding times of crisis is vital to the well-being of society. This course will explore how accurate and inaccurate information is distributed through specific types of information systems via their role in public health emergencies, natural disasters, wars, and civil unrest. The course will highlight the critical role access and availability of accurate information plays in saving lives and mitigating the impact of crises such as the COVID19 pandemic.  
In many countries, people have learned that access to reliable and timely information can be a matter of life and death. Understanding the varied information landscape also makes it possible for citizens to follow responses to the crisis, such as confinement rules, regulations of travel and schooling, testing, and economic aid. Students will critically examine how misinformation and disinformation campaigns and the like impact communities, individuals, and themselves during times of crisis. Most importantly, students will learn from the past to prepare for a more informed future by examining and evaluating both primary and secondary sources about an event.  

GC1Y Research in the Age of Google (3 Credits)

In today's information rich society, it is important for students to not only access and evaluate information, but learn to manage it using all the technological tools available. In this course, students will describe and critically evaluate the current state of information retrieval in today's ever-changing information landscape. Tools and issues include, but are not limited to, research using Google, cloud computing, open source resources, media bias, information overload, online privacy, and scholarly databases.