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Besides fostering intellectual discovery by providing resources and services that support and promote the College's academic programs, the Touro Libraries’ mission is to advance information literacy, the basis of lifelong learning, by helping the College community acquire and refine information seeking and evaluation skills. Since the information environment is too complex and changes too rapidly to expect anyone to acquire information seeking and evaluation skills without a planned instructional program, the Touro Libraries has created the Touro Information Literacy Program (TILP).
The main charge of TILP is to integrate information competencies into departmental teaching and learning plans throughout the college and to encourage the growth of an information literate college community in the following ways:
- The Embedded librarian program
- Offering general as well as tailored and subject specific library classes
- Year round library workshops and webinars on library resources and services
- New faculty orientations on Faculty Development Days and Human Resources orientations
- Collaborating with faculty in creating effective research assignments
- Develop assessment plans to evaluate student information literacy skills
- Online tutorials
- Promoting the use of library resources through social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the library blog.
- Alignment chart for the 2000 Information Literacy Skills and the Framework (by Amanda Hovious)
The Embedded Librarian Program was initiated in summer 2012 by the Touro library. Through this program, a dedicated embedded librarian can provide course- and assignment-specific resources, provide assistance directly through BlackBoard, and/or teach one or more customized sessions in person or online. Greater collaboration between faculty and librarians and increased contact with students enhances information literacy instruction and learning.
Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative
This guide provides information about Open Educational Resources for professors, students, and self-learners.
According to OER Commons, "Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. Open educational resources give educators the ability to adapt instructional resources to the individual needs of their students, to ensure that resources are up-to-date, and to ensure that cost is not a barrier to accessing high-quality standards-aligned resources."
If interested in finding an OER text for your classes, contact Juliana.Terciotti-Magro@touro.edu.