Instruction Toolkit for
Textiles and Engineering Services
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:
Assignments should be very structured and help orient students to the NCSU
Libraries. Books and authoritative reference resources should be emphasized.
Assignments should reinforce and build on the information skills of the freshman
year. Emphasis should be placed on finding journal articles and using databases.
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.
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
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.