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Information Studies Program

The faculty of the Cal State East Bay University Libraries teach an evidence-based Information Studies Program that supports students’ development of a critical consciousness about the information universe.

Our program is based on the belief that the Library serves our academic community in formal and informal ways, supporting learning in disciplines and lifelong learning. We embrace our role in student success via instructional efforts such as our department’s credit courses, course-integrated instruction in other departments, standalone workshops, and one-on-one consultations on and off the Reference Desk. We work collegially with students and faculty to meet not only their information needs, but also to foster a culture of critical information literacy: one that values being conscious of how knowledge is created, best practices for research, the social and political implications of information access and use, and the importance of active participation in the scholarly conversation.

Our long-standing Information Studies Program supports the campus Shared Strategic Commitments, especially in that it reinforces “academic quality through open-minded inquiry, innovative teaching, engaged learning, and distinguished scholarship," enhances our inclusive campus, and serves students first.

Program Learning Outcomes

Through participation in the Cal State East Bay Information Studies program, members of the University community will be able to:

  • Apply information literacy as an essential framework for lifelong learning, including academic, personal, professional, and creative development.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the social, political, and economic contexts and power imbalances/dynamics through which information is created, disseminated, accessed, and used.
  • Use and evaluate the services and expertise provided by libraries and other information systems to support their creative and research practices.
  • Participate in developing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by recognizing the value, legitimacy, and interconnectedness of a variety of systems of knowledge, including those based on research and expertise from communities, research institutions, and individual lived experience.

The Cal State East Bay University Libraries offer a variety of instructional services and tools, including:

  • Information Studies Credit Courses: Librarian faculty teach credit courses in the General Education curriculum. Some courses are taught every semester, with asynchronous or synchronous course modalities. Students are invited to register for:
    • Info 200 - Special Topics (Wikipedia) - 3 units
    • Info 210 - Introduction to Information Literacy Skills (includes sections with a topical focus, such as Sustainability, Radio, or Science Communication) - 1 unit
    • Info 310 - Sustainability and Information Literacy - 3 units
  • Course-Integrated Instruction: Faculty are encouraged to consult with a librarian to discuss various pedagogical approaches to embedding information literacy outcomes in their courses, including:
    • Co-creating or consulting on course-related information literacy assignments
    • Librarian-led session on specific information literacy theories/concepts
    • Co-developing an online or in-person workshop to introduce/demonstrate specific information literacy concepts
    • Custom information literacy instruction based on the syllabus and assignments of the course
  • Research Consultations: Individual consultation appointments are available for faculty, staff, and students to work on projects, research, and other needs. As most projects and research needs take time, be sure to contact your librarians as soon as you know you require assistance.
  • Workshops: The Library faculty offer drop-in workshops on a number of information literacy-related topics, such as financial literacy, basic and advanced library research, database demonstrations, plagiarism, citation styles, etc.
  • Library Information & Research Guides: The Library faculty offer a suite of guides and tutorials providing pathways to finding information on a variety of topics.

And so much more! Please help us to help your students by reaching out to the Library Faculty via 24/7 chat, email, etc.: https://library.csueastbay.edu/usingthelibraries