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Information Services Philosophy

Information Services team members focus on information literacy in the classroom, online, and during individualized research assistance service. In order to excel in an increasingly online environment, we believe it is essential for the Northwest Missouri State University community to become self-sufficient and proficient in information retrieval and evaluation of sources.

Delivery of Information Services

Our instructional program employs a systematic, across-the-curriculum, student-centered approach. We teach information seeking and evaluation skills through the following methods:

  • Course-specific presentations;
  • Personalized student research appointments;
  • Customized research responses;
  • Web-based instructional resources, guides, and tutorials; course management system units

We support an "on-call" Library Services Desk reference model where:

  • Library Service Desk employees refer questions to librarian on-call as needed.
  • Research appointments are offered to answer student information needs that require more in-depth preparation and instruction.

This "on-call" model enables the resource librarians to produce and update online instructional materials, content-rich Web resources, and maximizes in-class presence. The team emphasize proactives information services that include active learning class sessions, hands-on workshops, interactive student research consultations by appointment, and faculty office calls for research/teaching support.

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