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John M. Flaxman Library SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Information Literacy at SAIC

In Your Class / Synchronous Sessions

Librarian visits your class OR Meets with your class at a specific time virtually

Flaxman librarians are excited to work with your students this coming semester. We find that these sessions are the most engaging and allow students to retain more of the information as we include active learning within each lesson plan. Each of the following lessons can be taught in-person (your classroom) or synchronously online (zoom or other platform). The library classroom is not available for instruction, but classes may arrange to use our space as a group, please connect with a librarian for details.

Below are the lessons that we are able to offer:

  • Library Orientation + Creative Research: In this session we orient students to the library materials including an overview of what we have in our collection, how to access items, and what is available to them in person and remotely. Additionally we will use collaborative mind mapping as one way to approach creative research. Click here for the lesson plan.
  • Generating Ideas for Your Research: Students will utilize mind mapping and their peers to generate keywords related to their research topic. They then participate in rapid research in which they develop research questions to inform their overall claims. Click here to see an example workshop!
  • Digital Literacy : Evaluating resources using Lateral ReadingLateral Reading,” is a fact-checking strategy for investigating who’s behind an unfamiliar online source by opening a new browser tab to see what trusted websites say about the unknown source. After watching a video on the value and process of Lateral Reading, students will then complete an assignment/exercise in which they practice this approach. 
  • Create your own session: Bring your ideas and collaborate with a librarian for a tailor-made experience!