About our Library Instruction Program

Please contact your library subject specialist to create an individualized session designed to enhance student success.  

Information Literacy Overview

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information. These skills are critical to student success in our society's complex environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources.

Information Literacy at MacEwan

MacEwan University Library’s instruction program is built on the standards published in the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. These standards have been adopted by post-secondary institutions around the world.  

During the 2014-15 academic year, librarians and library technicians taught 13,032 students in 630 library instruction sessions across 3 campus libraries and online.

About our Library Instruction Sessions

MacEwan University Library offers a range of library instruction sessions designed to meet students' information needs.

No “standard” class exists – rather, we work with faculty to create a session that is tailored to the course and course assignment.  We customize instruction to cover topics such as:

  • Discover information (Library tools, WWW, etc.)
  • Effective searching
  • Evaluating resources
  • Topic development
  • Data and statistics
  • Discipline specific resources
  • …and much more!

We deliver instruction in a way that best meets the needs of the course and the students.  Examples include:

  • In-person instruction: bring your students in for a session or series of sessions to work on specific learning outcomes.
  • Embedded instruction:  embed a librarian in your course to give your students more focused interaction with the library.
  • Drop-in instruction: invite your students to drop into one of our Learning Commons Sessions.  We will work with you to design drop-in opportunities to meet your curricular needs. 
  • Individual research instruction: book a session with your library subject specialist that focuses on your specific information needs. 
  • Department instruction: invite your library subject specialist to your next department meeting, or bring your department to the library to discuss library collections, services or resources relevant to your program. 
  • Hybrid or online instruction: work with your library subject specialist to create online library learning opportunities for your students.

SearchPath for English Faculty

SearchPath is an self-enroll online tutorial that is a requirement in most first year English classes. The tutorial is made of interactive videos and quizzes that contain the basic information on how to find and use information and do research to find books and articles at MacEwan University.

The following handout has step by step how to login on the left side of the page, and tips on navigating around on the right side of the page, including instruction on how to access the 'Certificate of Completion'.

Be sure to start at learn.macewan.ca and follow the screen shots.

SearchPath and Blackboard will always work better if you use Google Chrome, FireFox or Safari.