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Library Instruction/Information Literacy

The library instruction/information literacy program is designed to acquaint patrons with the physical layout of the library and to introduce them to the basic facilities, services, and resources available to meet their information needs. The library faculty are also available to present lectures and demonstrations on the use of subject specific resources to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and other patrons. 

Schedule a Presentation!

If you would like a library presentation for your class, please fill out our Library presentation form found here: 

or contact Cody Walters (803- 323- 2311) 

Information Literacy

Winthrop University, recognizing the importance of information literacy in an increasingly complex society, endorses the definition of information literacy from the Association of College and Research Libraries in the report, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use the information effectively.

Library Instruction Sessions

 The library faculty are available to present lectures and demonstrations on the use of subject specific resources to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and other patrons.  The library believes this is an important endeavour to further ensure the success of Winthrop's student body.To arrange a presentation, please contact the Information Literacy Coordinator or fill out the Information Literacy Presentation form at least one week prior to the proposed date of the class, although two or more weeks prior is preferred. Any student needing library instruction should contact the Reference Desk at 803/323-4501 or via e-mail. Students can also book an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one research assistance through the Book A Librarian service.

Information Literacy Coordinator: Cody Walters, 803/323-2311,

Desired Outcomes:

  • Knowing when you need to find information
  • Knowing where to go to find the information
  • Knowing how to find the information once you're there
  • Knowing when you've found the relevant information
  • Knowing how to use the information you just found
  • Knowing how to adapt what you just learned for future information strategies.


The Book-a-Librarian program is designed to help students take a deeper dive into research concerns via a 1-on-1 session with a librarian. Each library faculty member has hours they are available weekly for Book-a-Librarian sessions. The library even has subject liaisons that students can seek out to receive help from the librarian that knows their subject best. The library strives to be available and useful to our students and the Book-a-Librarian program is one of the best ways we have to reach students on  a more personal level.

To have your students book library appointments, you can send them to this page: 


Library Classroom 
Dacus Library, Room 18

The Library Classroom is intended as a resource to enhance the electronic information literacy of students and faculty from all disciplines.

Policy on Use

NOTE:  Assignments are made on a first-come first-served basis, with priority given to library faculty/staff in the case of requests received simultaneously.

  1. All instructors must agree to the terms of room use.
  2. The classroom is used exclusively for instruction requiring hands-on computer training.  This includes:
    • Dacus Library orientation and subject related instructional and training sessions for Winthrop University faculty, students and staff.
    • Academic courses requiring no more than five class sessions per semester using an instructional computer lab.
  3. All classes must be scheduled in advance.
  4. Priority for use of the room will be given to:
    • Library instruction and training sessions scheduled two weeks in advance.
    • Academic courses requiring 1-5 class sessions of an instructional computer lab, requested at least two weeks in advance.
    • Other university related requests depending on availability.
  5. Semester-long courses will not be scheduled in the classroom.
  6. Groups not affiliated with Winthrop may not use the classroom.
  7. Students may not reserve the room for instructional purposes or serve as instructors in the classroom, except when the activity for which the room is requested has a faculty sponsor present who accepts responsibility for adhering to the policies and procedures for the use of the room.


To reserve the Library Classroom, contact the Information Literacy Librarian at Dacus Library: Cody Walters 803/323-2311.

Getting Help

If you encounter difficulty with the equipment, ask for assistance at the Reference Desk. Do NOT attempt to fix the equipment yourself.

Room Description

Room 18 has twenty-four computer workstations, an instructor's workstation, and enough additional chairs to accommodate a maximum class size of thirty.

The library instruction evaluation is to be filled out by attendees of a library instruction session. Please fill out all fields in the form, especially the library instructor's name and the course name and number. 

Library Instruction Evaluation



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