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Curriculum Integrated Instrution at the NCSU Libraries

Curriculum integrated instruction is a strategic program that stresses building library instruction into an already existing curriculum. Student learning is centered on appropriate and specific competencies for their course level from freshman to senior year.

Competencies for each year are:

Freshman

Assignments should be very structured and help orient students to the NCSU Libraries. Books and authoritative reference resources should be emphasized.

Sophomore

Assignments should reinforce and build on the information skills of the freshman year. Emphasis should be placed on finding journal articles and using databases.

Junior

Assignments should be less structured with more open-ended expectations. Students should acquire in depth knowledge of electronic information sources and learn more sophisticated search techniques.

Senior

Assignments should build advanced searching and analytical skills alongside a firm understanding of the "information universe."

Librarians at the NCSU Libraries have successfully partnered with faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Textiles since 1999 to implement curriculum-integrated library instruction. Partnerships with faculty are the essential component of any curriculum integrated library instruction program and developing a strategic plan for cultivating these relationships is crucial. The advantages of curriculum integrated instruction must be continuously stressed and a strong emphasis should be placed on developing documentation to assist with ABET accreditation.

By communicating these goals and this vision to Deans, department heads and relevant faculty members, meaningful and sustainable partnerships for the program are created. Faculty support is critical to achieving the mutually shared goal of having students develop information research skills that promote success throughout their collegiate, professional and personal lives.