Library Media Department

Library Media Department Philosophy

The Library Media Department provides students with instruction and skills development in information literacy, library science, and writing across the curriculum through interdisciplinary, hybrid lessons integrated into courses offered at every grade level through English, Social Studies, Theology, and other departments. Collectively, these lessons form a library curriculum distinct from, but complementary to, offerings in other subject areas, with its own instructional outcomes intended to prepare students for college success and a lifetime of independent learning. Supported by its varied print and electronic collections, the LaRock Library maintains itself as a hub for research, technology training, and campus literary life not only in assigned academics, but also through extracurricular activities and support for recreational reading and independent inquiry.

Department Outcomes

As a result of their experiences in the LaRock Library, students will be able to:

  • Apply the research process, from the selection of appropriate topics and sources through the refinement of meaningful theses and the effective synthesis of source materials with their own original insights and analysis.
  • Create and implement effective search strategies to locate accurate, reliable information in diverse electronic and print media.
  • Think critically about information, assessing its value and credibility within its historical and cultural context(s).
  • Use information ethically, aware of the legal, moral, and technical conventions that mediate the interests of content creators, media consumers, marginalized communities, academic researchers, and democratic citizens in the 21st century.


Core lessons in the SKILL Curriculum

Freshman Year:

  • Quia Pre-Test
  • OPAC Strand: Introduction to LaRock Library/Guided Tour/Introduction to Library Catalog
  • OPAC Strand: Individual /Collective Biographies and Specialized Encyclopedias
  • Database Strand: Introduction to Databases
  • Web Strand: Google presentations • Ethics and Technology Strand: Cyberbullying, Avoiding Plagiarism and Using Paraphrasing
  • Information Technology: Noodle Tools and MLA citations introduction

Sophomore Year:

  • OPAC Strand: Inter-library loans
  • OPAC Strand: Keyword vs. Subject Searches
  • Narrowing a Research Topic
  • Database Strand: Specialized Databases for Controversial Issues (Points of View)
  • Web Strand: MLA Citation Types
  • Boolean Logic
  • Web Strand: CABLE method for evaluating websites and other sources
  • Ethics and Technology Strand: Assorted Online Privacy Issues

Junior Year:

  • OPAC Strand: Primary and Secondary Resources
  • Database Strand: Public Library Databases
  • Web Strand: Online Resources, Academic Search Engines
  • Ethics and Technology Strand: US Copyright Law, Citing Images

Senior Year:

  • OPAC Strand: Refined searches
  • Database Strand: Journal articles
  • Discussion boards
  • Ethics and Technology Strand: Netiquette, Avoiding Identity Theft, Technology and Health
  • Quia Post Test