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Information Services Philosophy

Our Information Services philosophy is based on the premise that we teach information literacy. 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 skills.

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 reference responses;
  • Web-based instructional resources, guides, and tutorials.

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

  • Circulation student employees refer all questions to scheduled information professionals.
  • Research appointments are offered to answer student information needs that require more in-depth preparation and instruction.

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

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